The German Wirehaired Pointer was developed German hunters motivated to create a durable, energetic pointer that was as home on land as in the water. The end result came about through strategic crosses over time of various European hunting breeds with an emphasis on distinctive and desirable traits of the Foxhound, Pointer, and Poodle. They are known for their gregarious personalities, protective wiry coat, and courageous focus in the field. Affectionate and devoted to their family, these dogs make good pets as long as their playful, creative minds are kept occupied and their significant exercise needs are met. They are light shedders and require minimal grooming.