German Hund Pointer

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25-55 lbs
German Wire Haired Pointer

The German Hund Pointer is a small to medium-sized hybrid, a deliberate cross between the German Wire Haired Pointer, an excellent all-around hunting dog used on land and water for the pointing, flushing, and retrieving of game and the Dachshund, a small but tenacious German terrier developed to pursue and kill badgers in their dens. They have fairly average exercise requirements, around 60 to 90 minutes a day, but their grooming routine is fairly uncomplicated. Although this hybrid may not be the best choice for apartment dwellers or homes with small children, it may be an ideal choice for those who want a fairly compact exercise buddy with an independent and discerning nature. 

Hunting Dog, Companion
Date of Origin
German Wire Haired Pointer and Dachshund

German Hund Pointer Health

Average Size
Male German Hund Pointer size stats
Height: 16-18 inches Weight: 25-55 lbs
Female German Hund Pointer size stats
Height: 16-18 inches Weight: 25-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease
  • Eye Diseases and Disorders
Minor Concerns
  • Bloat
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Primary Acanthosis Nigricans
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Urolithiasis
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • X-ray imaging
  • Cutaneous cytology

German Hund Pointer Breed History

The German Hund Pointer is a designer dog, an intentional cross between two German breeds; the German Wire Haired Pointer, a pointing retriever that was developed in the mid-1800s, and a badger hunting terrier that was developed in the 1600’s, the Dachshund. The Dachshund was developed in Germany to hunt and kill animals that went to ground, particularly the badger. In order to do its job efficiently, the Dachshund had to be small enough to fit in the badgers’ tunnels, brave enough to go in after an angry badger, and tough enough to dispatch the badger once it got there. Although the majority of Dachshunds today are kept as house pets, they still have the same courage and tenacity as their ancestors did. The first Dachshund clubs began forming in the late 1800’s and just eleven of the tough little dogs were registered in the American Kennel Club registration in 1885. The breed quickly grew in popularity throughout the United States and by 1914 they were one of the top ten most popular breeds. The German Wire Haired Pointer was developed in the 1800s as an all-around hunter, with the skill to flush, point out, and retrieve game proficiently on land as well as on water and the constitution to handle long days out in the field in changing conditions and rough terrain. Some of the dogs that were combined to develop this breed include Pointers, Foxhounds, and Poodles. This breed was brought to the United States in the 1920’s and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959.

German Hund Pointer Breed Appearance

The German Hund Pointer is a mix of two dog breeds that are quite different from one another in structure, and their offspring can be quite varied, even within the same litter. They will typically be longer than tall, although for dogs that take after the German Wire Haired Pointer more than the Dachshund the difference may be less noticeable. This hybrid can have the long, straight legs of the Pointer or the short, slightly curved legs of the Dachshund, or anything in between. They have a skull that is long, broad, and slightly arched with either the long square muzzle of the Pointer or the long tapered muzzle of the Dachshund, with brown eyes that range from almond to oval shaped and medium length, rounded ears that drop down to the sides. They have a double layer coat with a very short, soft undercoat and usually a medium-length, wiry outer coat, although some German Hund Pointers may have outer coats that are short and smooth or medium length and silky.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown German Hund Pointer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black German Hund Pointer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black German Hund Pointer coat
cream German Hund Pointer coat
white German Hund Pointer coat
blue German Hund Pointer coat
fawn German Hund Pointer coat
red German Hund Pointer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
German Hund Pointer wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

German Hund Pointer Breed Maintenance

This hybrid has fairly undemanding grooming requirements. Bathing is rarely needed unless the dog gets into something messy and in most cases, brushing is only required a few times a week to keep the coat shiny and healthy. If the German Hund Pointer takes after the German Pointer side of their heritage, they may start life with a silky or woolly coat rather than a wiry one. This puppy coat has a greater tendency to tangle and should be brushed more often than the wiry coat of a mature German Wire Hair Pointer or Wire Hair Dachshund. The German Hund Pointer may also get its Dachshund genetics from smooth or long-haired Dachshunds, giving it the possibility of being born with a short, smooth outer coat or a medium length silky coat instead.

Brushes for German Hund Pointer
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
German Hund Pointer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

German Hund Pointer Temperament

The German Hund Pointer is still a rather new hybrid, and it can take all or parts of its temperament from either parent breed. The German Wire Haired Pointer is an extremely athletic animal that needs to keep busy or it can become noisy and destructive, but they are also rather serious and although they can act clownish on occasion, it is an infrequent occurrence. The Dachshund is best described as spunky and courageous; they tend to clown around a lot more than the German Wire Haired Pointer and are satisfied with lower exercise requirements. While this crossbreed should play very well with older children, it is often not as suitable as a companion for younger children. Individuals that take after the German Wire Haired Pointer may be too rambunctious for the very small and those that reflect the Dachshund temperament may exhibit jealousy or possessiveness. With a great deal of extra exercise,  they may be able to adjust to life in an apartment somewhat, but in general, they are just too energetic and loud to make an appropriate apartment roommate.

German Hund Pointer Activity Requirements

Although the German Wire Haired Pointer is an extremely active dog, Dachshunds do not need quite as much exercise to keep healthy and fit. The German Hund Pointer will need at least an hour to an hour and a half of vigorous exercise a day in order to stay in top condition and can get that in a number of ways. Not only are brisk walks on the leash appreciated, this crossbreed may also enjoy and excel at tracking and retrieving exercises, agility training, and swimming. This particular hybrid is not well-suited to apartment living and is much happier in a home with a fenced in yard. It is important not to leave this dog out in the yard by itself for long periods of time as they can quickly dig under the average fence in pursuit of prey.  

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

German Hund Pointer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

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