AKC Breed Standard
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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
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