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Gun Dog Breeders: Grooming Tips for German Wirehaired Pointers

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Feb 2016 08:26 PM

A German wirehaired pointer is a gun dog with a distinct look, thanks to a facial beard and feathered legs. However, this appearance also brings about special needs when it comes time for grooming.

Here is a look at some tips from gun dog breeders on grooming a German wirehaired pointer.

1. Tools Needed

The German wirehaired pointer is obviously different from the shorthaired version and there are certain parts of the dog’s hair that should be left alone. These dogs also require much more grooming attention than the shorthaired breed.

While optional to use, it is often recommended to use a hand stripping knife when gun dog breeders groom this breed. Other tools necessary to complete the job include a slicker brush, metal comb, scissors, clippers, and blades.

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A Furminator is another good tool for removing undercoat. German wirehaired pointer breeder Idawire also recommended a tool named the Coat King to help with stripping a wirecoat.

2. Beard and Eyebrows

The German wirehaired pointer has a distinct beard and eyebrows that are meant to remain long so only an occasional trim is needed. They also have hairs that feather on the backs of their legs, which should also not be clipped short, but only neatened while grooming.

Judy Cheshire of Heywire and Sure Shot said
eyebrows should be shaped by hand and "never scissored."

3. Ears

Of course, cutting and trimming the hair is only part of the job when grooming a German wirehaired pointer.

"It is important to check the ears and clean them with a cotton swab and wipe the ear leather. If there is brown debris or if the dog scratches its ears or shakes its head a lot, that could mean problems and a vet visit might be in order," said Bernee Brawn at Justa Wirehaired Pointers.

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4. Nails

German wirehaired pointers have strong nails, and dog owners should never allow them to get too long.

The American Kennel Club said regular trimming keeps the nails from splitting or cracking in addition to becoming overgrown.

It's best to start trimming their nails as puppies so they are used to it as they grow older. Be careful not to cut them too short. It’s also a good idea to take the time to clean between their toes, as some things that get stuck there could hurt the dogs.

5. Bathing

A German wirehaired pointer doesn’t need constant bathing and will remain clean with regular brushing. This breed’s coat also sheds, so only bathe the dog as needed. They have a water-repellent coat, so they will also dry very quickly after baths or swimming.

When they are bathed, purchase a shampoo made specifically for the breed because it will be formulated for the coat texture, according to Laura Reeves at The Scotia Kennel. She also warned against using a conditioner because it will "soften the wire coat."

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A German wirehaired pointer is a gun dog with a distinct look, thanks to a facial beard and feathered legs. However, this appearance also brings about special needs when it comes time for grooming. Here is a look at some tips from gun dog breeders on grooming a German wirehaired pointer.
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