German Wirehaired Lab

55-70 lbs
German Wirehaired Pointer
Labrador Retriever
German Wirehaired Labrador Retriever

Strong-willed, water-lovers, and willing to please describe the medium size, well built German Wirehaired Lab. A cross between the German Wirehaired Pointer and Labrador Retriever, these dogs are hunters and trackers; they are friendly, and do well with other children and pets. Due to their high energy levels, they are best suited to active families. Owners of the German Wirehaired Lab say he is intelligent, kind and loves a job to do.

Date of Origin
German Wirehaired Pointer and Labrador Retriever

German Wirehaired Lab Health

Average Size
Male German Wirehaired Lab size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 65-80 lbs
Female German Wirehaired Lab size stats
Height: 22-23 inches Weight: 55-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
  • Obesity
  • Ear Infections
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Fluorescein Test
  • Full Physical Examination

German Wirehaired Lab Breed History

Bred for sporting and hunting, the German Wirehaired Pointer originated in Germany during the 1800s. These game dogs were said to have developed from many other breeds such as crosses between other Pointers, Poodles, Polish Water Dogs, Foxhounds and more. The main reason so many breeds were used in the creation of the German Wirehaired Pointer is because enthusiasts at that time wanted to create a strong, versatile dog who could withstand adverse climates and traverse difficult terrain. He was a sought after hunting partner because he was as comfortable on land as he was in the water. He arrived in the United States in the 1920s and joined the American Kennel Club roster of dogs in 1959 in the sporting dog category. The Labrador Retriever is sporting breed as well, designed for the purpose of retrieving prey from water. He is said to have originated in Canada, most likely Newfoundland, during the 16th century and is thought to have originated from another large breed dog known as the Newfoundland. The American Kennel Club  recognised the Labrador Retriever in 1917 and he is currently the most favored dog in the United States according to AKC records. Not much information is currently documented about the German Wirehaired Lab hybrid. However, based on parental history it is speculated that this hybrid was designed for the purpose of hunting, tracking and retrieving game from water, as well as for companionship. They have likely been developed within the last 15 years (early to mid-2000s) and are currently only registered with the Dog Registry of America.

German Wirehaired Lab Breed Appearance

Your German Wirehaired Lab can take on the physical characteristics of one parent more than the other, but in general, these hybrids, like their parent breeds, will have water and weather resistant coats that are dense. There coats may be a mixture of wiry or straight fur with  feathering of the wiry coats focused on the muzzle area, often giving the dog a bit of a moustache. His ears will be flat and flopped down with a rounded tip. His head will be medium in length and slightly broad. His kind, dark eyes always will be alert and generally almond shaped. The German Wirehaired Lab will be muscular and may have a slightly arched neck. His chest may be deep and his legs will be athletically built and strong in form. He will hold his tail high - there may be feathering present here, in addition to on the legs and underbelly.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown German Wirehaired Lab eyes
amber German Wirehaired Lab eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black German Wirehaired Lab nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black German Wirehaired Lab coat
brown German Wirehaired Lab coat
white German Wirehaired Lab coat
pied German Wirehaired Lab coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
German Wirehaired Lab wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

German Wirehaired Lab Breed Maintenance

Labradors tend to be heavy, seasonal shedders so this may be a trait inherited by your hybrid. German Wirehaired Pointers tend to shed year-round as well but not as much as the Lab. For the most part, your German Wirehaired Lab is a low maintenance dog; he will need to be brushed weekly at least twice in order to remove dirt and loose hairs. They have water and weather resistant coats, and won’t need regular bathing unless he runs through the mud or rolls in something unpleasant as most dogs love to do. If kept active, most dogs will wear down their nails. Check them a few times a month for length and condition. Brush his teeth three times a week to avoid tartar buildup and to keep his gums healthy.

Brushes for German Wirehaired Lab
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
German Wirehaired Lab requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

German Wirehaired Lab Temperament

Both parent breeds are outgoing, playful, people pleasers. You can expect that your hybrid will retain many of these personality traits. This high-spirited hybrid makes a great addition to a household with children and other pets but due to their size should be monitored when interaction is taking place. They are gentle and generally not considered aggressive towards people. When strangers approach, your hybrid, if more like a German Wirehaired Pointer, will show some form of aggression and will alert you through vigorous barking. But if your dog is more like a Labrador Retriever, then chances are he will simply greet a stranger. 

German Wirehaired Lab Activity Requirements

An outgoing water-lover, this hybrid is a speedy, playful dog that has oodles of energy. He'll need an active family who will take him to the lake or for a run, and who are willing to spend time bonding with him through a game of fetch. Give him a chance to try out obedience classes and maybe enter a few trials. He has the power and intelligence to succeed at flyball and activities such as these will allow him to use his mind, too. Your German Wirehaired Lab is most suited to urban and rural living; an apartment may be too small for his temperament - he likes to run, so home with a fenced back yard is the best bet.

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

German Wirehaired Lab Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

German Wirehaired Lab Owner Experiences

9 Years
4 People
House & Yard
We adopted our GWL when he was 9 years old. We have two children ages 7 and 11, and he is very gentle with them. His energy; however, is off the charts. He is obsessed with fetching tennis balls; although, he does not chew them -- he handles them with care. I have taken him on 10 mile runs and he still has energy to play fetch with the kids for hours. He is good around children. He can be aggressive/dominate towards dogs he doesn't know. Training is a chore, but he will eventually catch on -- he is stubborn. The dog has a natural tendency to run ahead of you in a zig-zag pattern -- so keeping him on trail is near impossible without a leash. His wirehair is perfect for bushy terrain, water, and cold Utah winters. He is an outside dog because of his energy level, but is well suited for it. He does get smelly, sheds, and drools when he sees a tennis ball.
3 weeks, 3 days ago
12 Months
3 People
Playing Ball
Family we got him from had labeled him as a labradoodle but he clearly had no doodle in him. Our vet took one look at him and identified him as a German wirehaired pointer/lab mix. When we saw pictures, we knew we'd found his real 'tribe'. :) He can be a bit of a bully when it comes to playing and (not) sharing. We also have a 8 yr old lab/Newfoundland mix who is polar opposite of him; pretty sedentary, good-natured boy who is very tolerant of Rawley's puppy energy. Nightly zoomies crack me up every time.
3 months ago
5 Months
5 People
We've only had him for 5 months but it's the best months ever! He's completely changed my aspect on life cause he's so friendly and loveable. He's zoomies around the house make me want to come home everyday, he's great with kids and other dogs this breed has to be one of my favourites
5 months ago
Justice Mackrill
10 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Very intelligent mix. Hard working, and versatile for all sort of disciplines. Supper excited for this pup to get bigger, and I can start in on some retrieving training.
1 year ago
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