German Wirehaired Pointers are a "versatile" hunting breed. This means that they not only are a pointing dog, but they are also excellent water dogs.
German Wirehaired Pointers are a pointing breed, which means that when they are hunting upland game, such as grouse, partridge, or chukkar, they will freeze into a "point" when they pick-up the scent of game. They will remain on point until the bird is flushed and when the bird is shot, they will retrieve the bird.
But, German Wirehaired Pointers are also happy to hunt waterfowl such as ducks and geese, and will do almost as well as a Labrador retriever. GWP puppies are strong swimmers and typically love the water.
German Wirehaired Pointer puppies are excellent family dogs. They love their families and want to be with them whenever possible.
German Wirehaired Pointers do not make good kennel dogs. When they are isolated away from their families, they can become destructive and may bark a lot, or become an escape artist, climbing or digging under fences. If you intend to keep your GWP in a kennel for long periods of time, I do NOT recommend this breed for you.
German Wirehaired Pointer puppies are good with kids, but can sometimes be a little too "bouncy" for small children, and though they mean no harm, they may knock them down.
German Wirehaired Pointers tend to be aloof, and it is important to socialize them when they are young. German Wirehaired Pointers can have guard-dog tendencies, but when well socialized, they will be friendly with strangers. But, they will also protect their home and their family if they feel their family is in danger.
German Wirehaired Pointers typically get along well with other dogs, but it is important to introduce them to other dogs when they are young, especially little dogs. An adult GWP that hasn't been introduced to little dogs, may view them as "prey" and could hurt them. This is also true with cats. If you want your GWP to get along with your cats, you will want to introduce your cat to the GWP while it is still a puppy.