German Wirehaired Pointer Progression: Growth Chart, Milestones, and Training Tips

Written by Maura Hoff
Updated: October 27, 2023
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Are you thinking about bringing home a German wirehaired pointer puppy? Wondering what steps you can take to ensure your puppy grows into a happy, healthy, well-trained dog? In this guide, you will learn about German wirehaired pointer growth, milestones, and training tips to help you tackle this exciting new chapter. Read on to learn more!

German Wirehaired Pointer: Breed Summary

The German wirehaired pointer is an intelligent, versatile sporting dog with a distinctive, wiry coat and strong hunting instincts. Originally bred in Germany during the 19th century as the Deutsch Drahthaar, these dogs were created to hunt a variety of game, mainly consisting of waterfowl and upland birds. When the Drahthaar eventually came to America, German breeding standards weren’t as strictly enforced, resulting in the German wirehared pointer we know today. It was officially recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1959.

Considered a medium to large-sized dog, their muscular body is covered by a wire-like coat as protection in a harsh hunting environment. While markings can vary between dogs, the German wirehaired pointer colors are white and a shade of brown known as liver. These dogs are loyal to their people, highly trainable, and have boundless energy, making them perfect companions to hunters and families with active lifestyles. Their keen sense of smell and excellent hunting abilities make them a natural gundog with a passion for the outdoors. They are closely related to the German shorthaired pointer, the Pudelpointer, and the wirehaired pointing griffon.

German Wirehaired Pointer Progression: Growth Chart

The following chart provides a growth chart ranging from two to 15 months, comparing the German wirehaired pointer male and female weights. Note this chart is an estimation, and individual dogs may vary in weight. As always, remember to maintain a healthy diet, exercise, and consistent vet visits to ensure a healthy weight for your puppy.

AgeGerman Wirehaired Pointer Male WeightGerman Wirehaired Pointer Female Weight
2 Months12-15 lbs12-15 lbs
3 Months20-25 lbs21-25 lbs
4 Months29-34 lbs28-34 lbs
5 Months35-42 lbs35-31 lbs
6 Months40-47 lbs40-46 lbs
7 Months43-51 lbs43-50 lbs
8 Months47-54 lbs47-53 lbs
9 Months49-57 lbs49-56 lbs
10 Months51-59 lbs51-59 lbs
11 Months53-62 lbs53-61 lbs
12 Months54-63 lbs54-63 lbs
15 Months60-71 lbs55-70 lbs

When Will My German Wirehaired Pointer Stop Growing?

German wirehaired pointers typically stop growing around 15 months. It’s important to remember weight can vary based on diet, exercise, and genetics. Always discuss your dog’s diet with your vet to ensure it is fed and exercised appropriately.

The proper amount of food to feed your dog is based on activity level, size, weight, and food brand. Generally, a German wirehaired pointer will eat approximately three cups per day of high-quality food. Always remember to provide plenty of water since they are an active, high-energy breed.

How Big Will My German Wirehaired Pointer Be When It’s Fully Grown?

A German wire-haired pointer enjoying the great outdoors

German wirehaired pointers are medium-sized dogs with a wiry, protective coat.

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You can expect your adult German wirehaired pointer to weigh between 59-71 pounds. A healthy male is around 60-71 pounds, and a healthy female is 55-70 pounds. The average height for an adult German wirehaired pointer is 22-26 inches.

When Should My German Wirehaired Pointer Be Spayed or Neutered?

The ideal time to spay or neuter your German wirehaired pointer will vary based on their age, health, activity level, and lifestyle. For larger breeds, it is recommended to wait until your dog reaches sexual maturity. This is generally around 12-18 months, but the specific timing is based on the individual dog.

Spaying and neutering are advised to help prevent unwanted pregnancies, minimize health risks, and avoid increasing stray population. However, consulting with your veterinarian will provide proper guidance based on your dog’s circumstances and ensure the best possible timing.

When Should My German Wirehaired Pointer Be House Broken?

Potty training your German wirehaired pointer is a crucial part of early development, and we recommend beginning their training immediately. Remember, consistency is key, and establishing a regular schedule for potty breaks will help your pup comprehend what is asked of them.

The German wirehaired pointer is an intelligent breed and will catch on quickly. Keep in mind that every dog is unique, and the time it takes for successful training can vary. Always remember to praise your pup when they do their business outside, reward them with treats, and be patient.

Try to be attentive to cues from your dog as well. Running to a different room or dancing in circles are great indicators that there is potential for an accident. A good rule of thumb is to take them outside after meals, drinks, playtime, and naps and when you release them from their crate.

When Should My German Wirehaired Pointer Stop Eating Puppy Food?

German wirehaired pointers should eat nutrient-dense, high-quality dog food to ensure proper growth and development. The type of food can vary based on lifestyle and your dog’s weight and activity level. The best practice is to speak to your vet to discuss your dog’s specific needs and circumstances. Overfeeding your dog can be dangerous, as obese dogs have a greater risk of health challenges and poor joint development.

This breed is known for high energy levels, so choose a food high in protein. Larger breeds like the German wirehaired pointer typically make the switch from puppy food around 12-14 months.

German Wirehaired Pointer Progression: When Will My German Wirehaired Pointer Start Losing Teeth?

Like humans, puppies lose their baby teeth at a young age to make room for adult-sized teeth. German wirehaired pointers typically begin losing teeth around three or four months, and their adult teeth start growing around six months. During the teething period, it’s not uncommon for your puppy to want to chew.

Remember to keep valuable and dangerous items out of reach during this time. Puppies will chew on carpet, chords, chair legs, and anything else they can bite while they are young, so always keep an eye on them. Provide your pup with soft chew toys for entertainment. If you notice red or swollen gums while they are teething, consider trying a cold carrot! They have great health benefits and provide relief for sore gums.

When Should I Start Training My German Wirehaired Pointer?

Training your German wirehaired pointer should begin the day you bring your pup home to establish good behaviors and to build a strong foundation. Typically, people bring a puppy home around eight weeks when they are healthy, receptive to learning, and adaptable to new experiences. Immediate training will also result in a strong bond between you and your pup.

The German wirehaired pointer is a skilled and reliable hunting dog, so exposing your puppy to outdoor activities, hunting equipment, and the smell of birds at an early age is also an important step in their early development.

What Commands Should I Teach My German Wirehaired Pointer First?

When training your German wirehaired pointer, start with basic commands like “sit” and “stay.” These are easy commands for your pup to comprehend, especially for an intelligent breed. Another important command to start immediately is a recall cue. Choose a command such as “come” and begin using it during training sessions to call your puppy back to you.

Training your puppy will be most effective with positive reinforcement. Always praise your pup when they respond correctly, and consider using treats as a reward. You want your puppy to view training as fun, so short, effective training sessions are recommended. As your puppy grows, you can gradually introduce more advanced training and socialization to help them become a well-rounded, well-behaved adult dog.

When Will My German Wirehaired Pointer Calm Down?

German wire-haired pointers wiry coats repel water

German wirehaired pointers are a sporting breed with high energy and intelligence.

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German wirehaired pointers are an intelligent breed known for high energy and enthusiasm. The age when your pup will calm down can vary, but they will generally start to mellow and become less hyperactive when they reach maturity around two years.

When your dog is past the puppy and adolescent stages of development, their energy levels will decrease slightly. Still, remember the German wirehaired pointer is an active breed. They are sporting dogs that require regular exercise and mental stimulation. If activity is not maintained, they can become destructive and develop behavior issues. Consistent socialization and exposure to new people, animals, and environments will also help keep energy levels steady.

Common Health Issues Your German Wirehaired Pointer May Experience

The following is a list of health issues a German wirehaired pointer has a risk of developing:

  • Heart disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Seizures
  • Gastric dilation-volvulus, which can be life-threatening
  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis

If you notice behavior changes or signs of a medical problem, consult your vet immediately.

Picture of a German Wirehaired Pointer as a Puppy

Puppy

The German wirehaired pointer is an extremely active breed that prefers outdoor activities at a young age.

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Picture of a German Wirehaired Pointer at 6 Months

Hunting dog breed German Wirehaired pointer

German wirehaired pointer puppies need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.

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Picture of a Fully Grown German Wirehaired Pointer 

german wirehaired pointer lying in the grass

German wirehaired pointers have excellent hunting instincts.

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The photo featured at the top of this post is © iStock.com/PavelRodimov

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Maura Hoff is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is dogs, travel, and hiking. She has been writing for over 10 years and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Pennsylvania State University in 2016. When Maura isn't writing, she spends time with her husband and two Golden Retrievers, Basil and Sunny, in the Colorado mountains. Her passions are cooking, reading, music, and quoting her favorite show, The Office.

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