CanDo German Wirehaired Pointers
Members of the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America
German Wirehaired Pointers of Distinction Bred for the Discriminating Fancier and the Avid Hunter
The Perfect Hunting Companion
The Germans of the mid-1800s demanded a great deal of their sporting dogs. They had no patience for hunting specialists; instead they preferred dogs capable of working any type of game over any terrain.
Thus, they developed the perfect hunting dog the--Deutsch-Drahthaar (German Wirehair)
Keen nosed and tough; the dogs pointed and retrieved equally as well on land as on water. And what's more, the Deutsch-Drahthaar had the courage and the rough coat to brave any cover--brush and brambles that would severely punish other breeds. The Wirehaired Pointer was the perfect all-purpose-all-weather dog.
Although the Wirehaired Pointer was favored as a sporting companion in Germany for many years, it was not admitted to the German Kartell for dogs until 1928. Noted for their incredible intelligence, trainability and courage, many GWPs served as military dogs during both World Wars.
The first of these remarkable dogs was imported into the US in the 1920s. And those avid sportsmen "in the know" soon discovered this wonderful hunter. Then in 1953 the German Drahthaar club was formed. The breed was admitted into the American Kennel Club's studbook in 1959 and the name was officially changed to the German Wirehaired Pointer.
Today, the German Wirehaired Pointer is an all-round family companion, hunting dog and performance canine. And though GWPs love the field--pointing and retrieving quail, pheasant, chuckars, ducks and other game fowl, they also love to hunt rabbits and other small game. There is literally nothing that GWPs can't do. They serve as service dogs, therapy dogs, narcotic dogs, protectors and field dogs; they burn up the agility course and sail through the air as Frisbee dogs and dive into the water as dock dogs; they are competitive in obedience and rally trials and they shine in the AKC Sporting Group at dog shows.
They still feature the keen nose, independence, intelligence and the rough, tight coat that helped make them such successful companions for their early German breeders. But most of all, German Wirehaired Pointers are devoted family members, who demand to be included in nearly all family activities.