Just as is true of the German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointers are intelligent, energetic, and easily trained. Their speed and endurance requires their family to also provide physical and mental stimulation through reward-based training and participation in dog sports such as field trials, tracking, agility, and obedience, or retrieving items such as tennis balls or Frisbees. Their reputation as a good family dog allows German Shorthaired Pointers to be around children; however, as with all dogs, extremely close supervision is needed to prevent accidental injury to the dog or its subsequently developing fear-based defensive aggression. The German Wirehaired Pointer's hunting background makes it likely to engage in behaviors such as chasing wildlife, roaming, or digging. As good watchdogs, German Wirehaired Pointers may be aloof with strangers, which means they may have some aggressive tendencies.
The German Wirehaired Pointer, also known as the Drahtaar, was officially recognized in its German homeland in the 1920's. The breed is a combination of Griffon, Stichelhaar, Pudelpointer and German Shorthaired Pointer - each of which were developing simultaneously in the late 1800's. This breeding resulted in dogs that were able to point and track game, retrieve waterfowl from land or water, confront vermin and are full-response hunting dogs. The breed came to the United States in the early 1920's and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959. While the breed is not extremely popular in the United States, it has a large following in Germany.