German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound 

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80-105 lbs
Europe and United States
German Wirehaired Pointer
Irish Wolfhound
German Wolfhound, German Wirehaired Wolfhound

Playful, aloof and loyal all best describe the German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound, a hybrid of the German Wirehaired Pointer and Irish Wolfhound. This hybrid, more commonly known as German Wolfhound or German Wirehaired Wolfhound is a large, tall dog that has a very distinct, coarse fur coat. For the most part, they are friendly to both people and animals but may not do so well with small children and very small pets. Owners say they are a fun dog to own but are spirited, and at times will need guidance as to how to behave.

Sporting, Hunting, Companion
Date of Origin
German Wirehaired Pointer and Irish Wolfhound

German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound  Health

Average Size
Height: 26-32 inches Weight: 95-120 lbs
Height: 22-30 inches Weight: 80-105 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Fold Dermatitis
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Serum Chemistry
  • Blood Count
  • Coagulation Assay

German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound  Breed History

As the German Wirehaired Wolfhound is a relatively new hybrid, it’s hard to determine their exact date and region of origin. The Irish Wolfhound is considered one of the tallest dog breeds in the world, these laid back dogs are said to have been bred over 3000 years ago, likely in Ireland. The Irish Wolfhound is said to have been created through the crossing of various breeds such Mastiffs, Scottish Deerhounds, Irish Sheepdogs and some Middle Eastern breeds as well. The initial purpose of this breed was to hunt deer, elk and wolves in pack formation. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1897. The German Wirehaired Pointer was designed to be a sport, tracking and flushing breed. Developed during the 1800s in Germany, some speculation implies that this breed was created through the mixing of breeds such as the Foxhound, Pudelpointer, Poodle, Polish Water Dog and likely, other Pointer breeds. Unique in that they excel at hunting in water and on land, the German Wirehaired Pointer thrived on having work to do. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1959.

German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound  Breed Appearance

The German Wirehaired Wolfhound is a tall , heavy built canine with an almost elegant gait. These hybrids will have long heads in parallel with a long, slightly pointed muzzle. They will have deep and broad chests, small ears and a strong medium to long length tail. They have an arched neck and sturdy, straight legs. As he is a hybrid, you are likely to see a mixture of bi or tri-colors varying from brindle, grey, fawn, silver, black, and brown. The coats will have an undercoat which can be soft and an outer coat which is wiry, coarse and feathered. The coat be be very weather resistant, keeping your hybrid comfortable in cold temperatures.

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound  Breed Maintenance

The German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound will shed all year but shedding can be controlled with weekly brushing. The coat of your German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound may be of a unique texture in that it is very thick and warm in the winter but shedding to a much thinner coat in the summer. A de-shedding tool will be helpful to remove loose fur. Neither the Irish Wolfhound or Pointer require regular bathing, some owners will choose to wash their hybrids a few times a year or when their dogs get really dirty. You will need to check and clean your hybrids ear’s every so often as they can be prone to ear infection. And as with all dogs, teeth need to be cleaned, ideally every week in order to prevent periodontal disease. 

Brushes for German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound 
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound  Temperament

These hybrids can be quite big as they are inheriting the height from one of the world's tallest dog breeds. Due to their size and strength, the German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound should be monitored when around children and other pets. Although these dogs tend to be quite docile and people friendly, they may have a high prey drive and should not be left alone with small animals. An outgoing dog, no one is a stranger. Your hybrid may bark to alert you when someone they do not know comes to call, but are eager to make friends once the okay is given.

German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound  Activity Requirements

The Irish Wolfhound is medium energy dog whereas the German Wirehaired Pointer is a relatively active breed.Your hybrid is likely going to be a moderately active dog requiring around 40 to 60 minutes of long walks per day. Some hybrids may inherit more of a Pointer persona and as such, they will be most happy with a job to do. Agility classes and obedience trials could be good activities to work both the mind and the body. Invite your German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound to accompany you on a hike. He'll love the beach and could be the perfect jogging partner as well.

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

German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound  Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound  Owner Experiences

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