The German wirehaired pointer (GWP) was developed in the late 1800s as a versatile gundog to work closely with a hunter on foot in varied terrain in pursuit of fur, feather and wildfowl. It is a rugged dog with a bristly coat to protect it in rough cover and conditions.
Muscular and sturdy, it has a strong muzzle, deep chest and webbed feet. A courageous and tireless worker, it is very active and bonds closely to its owner. It is considered an excellent companion in the home with children but can be aloof with strangers. With early socialisation it gets along with other dogs but is more focused on its owner.
A natural pointer and retriever, the GWP is ideal for rough shooting and can be used for wildfowling and beating or picking up at shoots. In Germany it is also used to track and recover wounded game like fox, deer and wild boar.