The famous hard coat provides the Drahthaar or German Wirehaired Pointer an impermeable and weatherproof coat, as well as its characteristic eyebrows, moustaches and beard. The male stands between 60 and 66 cm to the withers; the female, at the most, 5 cm less; size variations are not admitted, since too large or small specimens lack necessary feel ability. The head is moderate in length with rounded dropped ears well attached to it; medium stop; quite long muzzle; dark brown nose (flesh colored or spotted noses are penalized); lips hang a little. The neck is medium length and slightly arched: the back, sloping towards the rump; stomach tucked in; tail high inserted and cut to 2/5. The shoulders well sloped backwards; the forelegs, straight with closed elbows; the hindquarters, moderately angled and parallel. The external coat is hard, stiff and rough, flat on the body, and 2.5 to 5 cm in length. A short, straight coat is severely penalized. The color is white and liver, spotted, roan or with patches, or solid liver. In England white and black is admitted; solid black or tricolor is penalized in the US as well as in England and continental Europe.

A wirehaired hunting dog with great resistance and skill, the German Wirehaired Pointer (Deutsch-Drahthaar) stands out in its multiphase talents, as its shorthaired brother. The breed was conceived for show, trail and collection, combining the tasks of an entire continental hunting dog’s kennel.
The German Wirehaired Pointer exhibits a rough, wiry outer coat, which is spotted (flecked, roan or patchy) with liver colored patches. Its patches don’t matter; it is a hard working dog and affectionate house mate.  An intelligent and surprisingly versatile hunting dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer is a great worker and docile companion. It mostly loves to be around people, and if its people hunt, it’s even happier. For an innate hunter, however, it is noticeably calm inside the home, if educated since a puppy to respect the house rules. A good domestic dog, which accepts other dogs, although not as easily as other hunting dogs, since it is a lone working dog.
After two months, the Drathaar will weigh around 7.5 kg, and continues growing a lot until four months. During those first four months it is a balanced diet, with vitamin supplements is very important. After ten months it gains its maximum height, and complete maturity is reached after 2 or 3 years. When choosing your puppy, observe the coat consistency (which can vary from short to woolly hair) and especially its character. The German Wirehaired Pointer should be affectionate. It is not an indoor dog. Education must be firm and strict, although always with soft commands. It must be disciplined, since otherwise it can turn aggressive towards other animals.
For a show puppy, the coat’s consistency must be considered, although as always, the character is the most important factor.

The German Wirehaired Pointer (Deutsch Drathaar) grows at a healthy pace, although it doesn’t reach maturity until after three years.

Although the Drathaar comes from origins similar to the Shorthaired, breeders inform there are few congenital diseases in common. Its largest concerns are skin (mostly cysts) and teeth problems. Hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand disease and eye problems, such as entropion, should also be considered. Some specimens are prone to stomach torsion. The owner must control possible ear infections regularly, as well as foreign objects in the eyes and ears. Care for wiry hair necessarily implies “stripping”, which can take some time in a dog that size. Diet and exercise should be properly adjusted.  Thanks to the German Wirehaired Pointer breeder’s responsible ethics, few congenital or hereditary problems have been documented in the breed.

Fortunately, it is not difficult to find a healthy puppy for the interested person.