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Gun Dog Breeders: German Wirehaired Pointer Facts

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The German wirehaired pointer is one of the gun dog breeders' best options when it comes to all-purpose hunting and tracking. These dogs can hunt in any weather condition, on land or in the water, and also are an ideal family pet for those looking for a companion.

Here are some facts about this breed that gun dog breeders should discuss with prospective buyers when it comes to the animals.

1. Breeding History
The German wirehaired pointer was created by gun dog breeders in Germany in the late 1800s as a mixture between the pointer, poodle, and foxhound, DogTime.com noted. This allowed them to create an all-purpose hunting dog that can retrieve game in water or on land, regardless of the weather conditions. The dog was brought to the United States in the 1920s.

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2. Temperament
This breed of dog is very excitable and has a lot of energy, Vetstreet noted. Gun dog breeders bred these animals as hunting dogs and they are able to hunt for hours on end, which means that they need a lot of exercise when not out in the field. If the dogs are expected to be simple household pets, or it is not hunting season, walks and runs with the dogs are almost necessary. If German wirehaired pointers are allowed to grow bored, they can become very destructive.

3. Common Health Problems
These dogs are normally very healthy animals, but there are a few diseases and conditions that owners and gun dog breeders should beware of, according to PetGuide.com. The biggest condition to affect the dogs is hip dysplasia, which is a condition in the thigh bone where it doesn't snuggle comfortably to the hip. Dogs with this condition experience pain and should not be bred. Other medical conditions to watch out for with German wirehaired pointers include cataracts, entropion, and Von Willebrand's disease, which is a blood disorder causing clotting.

4. Hunting Skills
The German wirehaired pointer is one of the most versatile hunting dogs for gun dog breeders to deal with. They can hunt birds, drawing them out and tracking them in water. They are also bred to be a quality land hunter as well. What makes them most valuable for hunters year-round is their coat, which protects the dogs from weather conditions and the rough underbrush. They are an all-purpose hunting dog.

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