top of page

German Wirehaired Pointer Breed Standard



AKC Breed Standard

General Appearance
The German Wirehaired Pointer is a well muscled, medium sized dog of distinctive appearance. Balanced in size and sturdily built, the breed's most distinguishing characteristics are its weather resistant, wire-like coat and its facial furnishings. Typically Pointer in character and style, the German Wirehaired Pointer is an intelligent, energetic and determined hunter.

Size, Proportion, Substance
The height of males should be from 24 to 26

inches at the withers. Bitches are smaller but

not under 22 inches. To insure the working

quality of the breed is maintained, dogs that

are either over or under the specified height

must be severely penalized. The body is a little

longer than it is high, as ten is to nine. The

German Wirehaired Pointer is a versatile hunter

built for agility and endurance in the field.

Correct size and balance are essential to

high performance.

The head is moderately long. Eyes are brown, medium in size, oval in contour, bright and clear and overhung with medium length eyebrows. Yellow eyes are not desirable. The ears are rounded but not too broad and hang close to the head. The skull broad and the occipital bone not too prominent. The stop is medium. The muzzle is fairly long with nasal bone straight, broad and parallel to the top of the skull. The nose is dark brown with nostrils wide open. A spotted or flesh colored nose is to be penalized. The lips are a trifle pendulous but close to the jaw and bearded. The jaws are strong with a full complement of evenly set and properly intermeshing teeth. The incisors meet in a true scissors bite .

Neck, Topline, Body
The neck is of medium length, slightly arched

and devoid of dewlap. The entire back line

showing a perceptible slope down from withers

to croup. The skin throughout is notably tight

to the body. The chest is deep and capacious

with ribs well sprung. The tuck-up apparent.

The back is short, straight and strong. Loins

are taut and slender. Hips are broad with the

croup nicely rounded. The tail is set high,

carried at or above the horizontal when the

dog is alert. The tail is docked to approximately

two-fifths of its original length.

The shoulders are well laid back. The forelegs are straight with elbows close. Leg bones are flat rather than round, and strong, but not so heavy or coarse as to militate against the dog's natural agility. Dewclaws are generally removed. Round in outline, the feet are webbed, high arched with toes close, pads thick and hard, and nails strong and quite heavy.

The angles of the hindquarters balances that

of the forequarters. A straight line drawn

vertically from the buttock (ischium) to the

ground should land just in front of the rear

foot. The thighs are strong and muscular. The

hind legs are parallel when viewed from the

rear. The hocks (metatarsus) are short,

straight and parallel turning neither in nor

out. Dewclaws are generally removed. Feet

as in forequarters.

The functional wiry coat is the breed's

most distinctive feature. A dog must

have a correct coat to be of correct

type. The coat is weather resistant

and, to some extent, water-repellent.

The undercoat is dense enough in

winter to insulate against the cold

but is so thin in summer as to be almost

invisible. The distinctive outer coat is

straight, harsh, wiry and flat lying,

and is from one to two inches in length.

The outer coat is long enough to

protect against the punishment of

rough cover, but not so long as to

hide the outline of the dog. On the

lower legs the coat is shorter and

between the toes it is of softer texture.

On the skull the coat is naturally short

and close fitting. Over the shoulders

and around the tail it is very dense and

heavy. The tail is nicely coated,

particularly on the underside, but

devoid of feather. Eyebrows are of

strong, straight hair. Beard and whiskers are medium length. The hairs in the liver patches of a liver and white dog may be shorter than the white hairs. A short smooth coat, a soft woolly coat, or an excessively long coat is to be severely penalized. While maintaining a harsh, wiry texture, the puppy coat may be shorter than that of an adult coat. Coats may be neatly groomed to present a dog natural in appearance. Extreme and excessive grooming to present a dog artificial in appearance should be severely penalized.

The coat is liver and white, usually either liver and

white spotted, liver roan, liver and white spotted

with ticking and roaning or solid liver. The head is

liver, sometimes with a white blaze. The ears are

liver. Any black in the coat is to be severely penalized.

The dog should be evaluated at a moderate gait.

Seen from the side, the movement is free and smooth

with good reach in the forequarters and good driving

power in the hindquarters. The dog carries a firm back

and exhibits a long, ground-covering stride. When

moving in a straight line the legs swing forward in a

free and easy manner and show no tendency to cross

or interfere. There should be no signs of elbowing out.

The rear legs follow on a line with the forelegs. As speed

increases, the legs will converge toward a center line

of travel.

Of sound, reliable temperament, the German Wirehaired Pointer is at times aloof but not unfriendly toward strangers; a loyal and affectionate companion who is eager to please and enthusiastic to learn.

Approved October 10, 2006
Effective January 1, 2007


Gambler- Afterhours GWP
"Jaxon" CH Afterhours It's All About Jaxon
Baron CH Shurcan of Afterhours and his get winning the Stud Dog class at National
"Reuben" CH Afterhours Corned Beef and Kraut On Rye
"Pauly" CH Afterhours St. Pauly's Girl
Alexis and Allison with "Miley" Afterhours Best of Both Worlds and "Paris" Afterhours Dreams Do Come True
bottom of page