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.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.
The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.