German Wirehaired Sprointer

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50-60 lbs
20-22"
​United States
German Wirehaired Pointer
English Springer Spaniel
Sprointer

The German Wirehaired Sprointer, simply known as the Sprointer, is a hybrid mix between the German Wirehaired Pointer and the English Springer Spaniel. Because this breed has parents that thrive off of outdoor activities and are very high energy, you can assume that the Sprointer will also be a high energy dog. Their coat is relatively low maintenance and tends to take on a well-balanced appearance between the two parent breeds. Being that the Sprointer is indeed a hybrid breed, appearance and personality can actually vary quite a lot, even within the same litter. That being said, the parent breeds of this dog look quite similar and therefore produce pups that tend to have a long and athletic body, with a striking tail, big and lively brown eyes, with loose ears framing the face. The German Wirehaired Sprointer is an excellent companion and work dog who will happily follow you on a camping trip or hunting expedition. He may bark when he needs too, but it won’t be excessive and while he will be good with children and other animals, it is best to supervise him during those interactions. If you are looking for an active, loyal, loving, friendly, and all around excellent companion, then the German Wirehaired Sprointer may be the dog for you.

Purpose
​Companion
Date of Origin
​Unknown
Ancestry
​German Wirehaired Pointer, English Springer Spaniel

German Wirehaired Sprointer Health

Average Size
Height: 20-26 inches Weight: 50-70 lbs
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 50-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Seborrhea
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Phosphofructokinase (PFK) Deficiency
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Cutaneous Asthenia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Dna For Phosphofructokinase Deficiency
  • Eye Examinations
  • Blood Work

German Wirehaired Sprointer Breed History

Due to the fact that the Sprointer is a newer hybrid breed, there isn’t much information on his origin. We do, however, know quite a bit about his parent breeds; the German Wirehaired Pointer and the English Springer Spaniel. For example, the English Springer Spaniel was first created around the 19th century to be a hunter, companion, show dog, and a participant in field trials. He first came to exist in Spain and was most known for the ability to spring upon prey quickly and efficiently, which gives the Springer Spaniel his name. Since his creation, the breed has been split into two types; the smaller version for hunting, and the larger more beautiful version for show. Even though this breed excels at hunting and show, the Springer is a family dog above all else and loves nothing more than to be around his humans. The German Wirehaired Pointer is practically the 4x4 of all dogs. He was created in the late 1800s with the purpose of being able to hunt on any type of terrain and retrieve from both land and water with ease. While his precise nose and excellent hunting skills are what made the Pointer popular at first, this breed is still a great family dog that knows how to steal hearts. He has plenty of energy and loves nothing more than to take a romp around the yard with his people. When combining these two parent breeds, there is no doubt that the outcome would be a high energy, loving, and loyal dog that is great for both families and outdoor lovers everywhere. If you are looking for a dog that fits this description, the Sprointer may be the perfect fit for you.

German Wirehaired Sprointer Breed Appearance

As the Sprointer is a mix between the German Wirehaired Pointer and the English Springer Spaniel, his appearance and personality may vary greatly even within the same litter of pups. However, despite this fact, both the parent breeds tend to have similar features; thus making the Sprointer an excellently matched combination of the two. Being slightly longer than he is tall, the Sprointer is a large dog that has an athletic build, long ears, and a narrow muzzle. His eyes are typically light to dark brown and are full of intelligence. Depending on which fur type decides to dominate the other genes, this breed can have either a wiry feeling coat or a soft one; no matter the texture, it will always be a shorter coat. The colors of the Sprointer’s coat can vary from a bunch of different colors and patterns, but the most common would be roan, tri-color, black and white, or brown and white. The tail is usually long unless it has been docked and although this breed has shorter fur, his DNA makes it so that he doesn’t mind very cold or hot temperatures. Despite this information, mild temperatures would be best to keep him the most comfortable.

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

German Wirehaired Sprointer Breed Maintenance

The German Wirehaired Sprointer is a fairly low maintenance dog to take care of. Both parent breeds shed seasonally, so be prepared to deal with dog hair on your clothes and furniture. While the Sprointer may shed often, if you groom him at least two times a week with a metal comb and curry brush, you will be able to remove any loose hair and dirt that may be lying on the body and help to reduce the amount of shedding. Bathing your dog will only need to occur once every few months or whenever your dog gets especially dirty. This is because the Sprointer does not have a bad doggy odor. Besides bathing and brushing, it is important to thoroughly dry and clean your dog’s ears after swimming or bathing. Due to the Sprointer’s folded over ears, any leftover moisture trapped inside the ear canal can cause infection and irritation. By thoroughly drying the ears however, these issues can be avoided. Finally, be sure to clip the nails of your dog’s paws every few weeks or whenever you hear the nails clicking against the floor. This will keep the nails healthy and free of tears or breaks.

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

German Wirehaired Sprointer Temperament

While the Sprointer may bark at strangers every once in a while, don’t count on him to be a guard dog. This breed is very loving and friendly, only barking when unsure about something but never to intimidate. The Sprointer is extremely loyal but he isn’t just a one-person kind of dog; he loves everyone! This breed is a great choice for families as their loving personalities and intelligent nature makes them a lot of fun and easy to train. It is important that this breed be raised with young children while he is still a pup in order to properly socialize him around them; this same principle applies to other animals as well. The Sprointer is high energy and active, making him the perfect companion for those who love to hit the outdoors. Whether you are camping, hiking, swimming, hunting, or just going for a light jog the Sprointer is going to be thrilled to partake in the activity with you. Just be sure to spend a lot of time training him, so that your dog will know exactly what you want him to do when you need him to do it. As both the Sprointer’s parent breeds train rather easily, training a Sprointer shouldn’t be difficult overall; this makes him a good choice for inexperienced dog owners as well. Just be prepared to spend a lot of time getting him exercising and practicing good training methods.

German Wirehaired Sprointer Activity Requirements

Because the Sprointer has two very active parent breeds, it is important to provide him with an ample amount of physical and mental stimulation multiple times a day. Doing so will help your dog to use his energy productively, avoiding the destruction of your property; as they say, a bored dog is a destructive dog. A few great activities you can do to help wear your Sprointer out would be outdoor adventures such as hunting, training, playing fetch in the yard, bike rides, long jog, long walk, and trial courses. All of these things help you to build a bond with your dog, as well as tire him out both mentally and physically. While mental stimulation may not seem as important, for a very intelligent dog it is extremely necessary. Through early training sessions and lots of bonding, you can ensure that your dog is never bored and also learns to be well behaved in many different situations. Because the Sprointer does not bark often and tends to do well in any size home as long as he has access to exercise, he can live anywhere from the city to the countryside.

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

German Wirehaired Sprointer Food Consumption

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

German Wirehaired Sprointer Owner Experiences

Edward Bartholemew
8 months
4 People
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Pastimes
Eddie is extremely bouncy and has ALOT of energy. Training to sit , wait and recall was easy. Training not to jump up not to nip and not to bother the cats has been much harder. He needs to be watched with my children (5 and 8) as he can knock them over jumping up and also nips for attention. He has crate trained easy and was fully toilet trained my 6.5 months . From 12weeks -6 months we struggled getting him to pee outside or even on puppy pads. I would say this breed is very hard work he is never tired and has 2 hrs of exercise (including off lead) each day.
1 month ago
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