Did you know that the German Pointer comes in three different coat varieties?!
Long haired, Short haired & wire haired
All though all three have the same name they all derived from different ancestors.
The wire haired was developed by originally breeding the Griffon, Stichelhaar, the German Short Haired Pointer & Pudelpointer. It was the first to be recognized in Germany as a German Wirehaired Pointer early on in the 1870s. They distinctively have a wirey outer coat, beard, whiskers & eyebrows. These dog have a high drive to work & a pretty drive that can have you on your toes if you’re not experienced in owning dogs.
The short haired pointer began to be recognized in 1920 in the US for its superior hunting skills & ability to adapt to family life quiet well. Unlike the wire haired pointer, the short haired pointer is friendly towards children & make outstanding companions.
The longhaired pointer was recognized shortly after the wire haired pointer in 1879. This breed came into existence after owners wanted a faster more powerfully built pointer. Breeding Setters & Pointers from England helped to achieve this elegant breed. They are friendly & very even tempered dogs that do well with active families.
The coat colour & shape are typically the same across all three breeds. Brown, white &/or red with spots. Also all three have water resistant coats with thick under coats despite not looking fluffy like your typical double coated breeds, like huskies.
Unfortunately, You can also expect to see hip dysplasia later in life with all three pointer breeds. It’s important to have a proper diet set up & exercise routinely when owning either of these dogs.
Pointers are working dogs & need to have something to actively do daily. If you live in an apartment it is not recommended to get a pointer.