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Gun Dog Breeders: What Characteristics Do Breeders Look For in a Drahthaar?

By    |   Friday, 05 Feb 2016 07:03 PM

Breeders have a strong set of standards they look for in gun dogs like the Drahthaar, and evaluate everything from their appearance to their behaviors, particularly in how skilled they at work as hunting assistants.

According to Drahthaar.us, a breeder hopes to produce a “mentally stable, well-performing, noble, medium large, strong pointing dog whose harmonious and purposeful conformation and hard coat, providing full protection of the skin, enable him to meet into his old age all the demands posed by versatile hunting activities.”

The dog’s size is extremely important to breeders, who are looking for the length of the body and height to be proportionate, with the length exceeding height by just three centimeters at most.

Breeders consider characteristics like loose eyelids, turned out elbows, short or narrow pointed muzzles, and a scant coat to be detrimental.

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The Group Canada of the Germany-based breed club Verein Deutsch-Drahthaar says
the dog must possess a strong sense of self-control and appear well-balanced. Since they are indeed hunting dogs, they should not experience any shyness of game and not be startled or excited by shots fired.

Drahthaars are meant to be extremely versatile in the world of hunting, so breeders expect them to exemplify all of the abilities expected of the breed, such as having talents in fields, woods, water, and after shots have been fired.

There are a list of characteristics that are considered “breeding prohibiting faults,” like being sensitive to guns, overly aggressive or nervous, possessing a nose light in color or over, under or crossbite, and even an inherited stub or crooked tail.

Fortunately, a couple of beauty imperfections aren’t held against Drahthaars as they don’t have any influence over the pup’s execution of skills. Therefore, even if a dog’s ears are too long or wide or he has no eyebrows, he could still be evaluated into the Excellent category.

A Drahthaar’s hair should be wiry, hence its alternate name of German wirehaired pointer, but must lay flat and thick against the body. The density of the coat is what provides the best protection in any weather scenario, as well as aiding in injury prevention. The bottom of the Drahthaar’s legs and the lower part of its stomach may have shorter hairs, but still remain heavily coated.

One other characteristic important to breeders — the Drahthaar’s coat color, which may only be brown or black without patches, brown with or without a white chest patch or a light roan, which is a mix of white and brown hairs.

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