Similarities and differences between the German Shorthaired Pointer and the German Hairless Pointer

Similarities and differences between the German Shorthaired Pointer and the German Hairless Pointer

These two dogs, the German Shorthair and the Wirehaired Pointer, although they share many similarities, there are also some obvious differences that set them apart. Both dogs are easy to train and understand commands well, they have excellent hunting skills for tracking animal scents.

Shorthaired pointers have a medium build with a short coat and are quite muscular for their size as well as extremely energetic. In comparison, the Wirehaired Pointer has a tough coat made of dense fur. They are also quite strong and have an active temperament. Both are very loyal companions and quite intelligent dogs.

The interesting thing about the Wirehaired Pointer is that they are a cross of several breeds, including the German Shorthaired Pointer. The other breeds are not exactly known, but we are led to believe that they were crossed with poodles and possibly griffons. Their origins date back more than 120 years to Germany as a rugged hunting dog that could work in a variety of terrains and environments to track and retrieve wounded game. Their cousin dates back to the 1600s and is a descendant of Spanish pointers.

Both dogs enjoy the outdoors and fresh air using their hunting and tracking skills, but prefer to spend time with the people they know. They can be very protective of their family and home. Indoors are fine, but both dogs would prefer the freedom of being outside to run around and exercise. These dogs need weekly maintenance with brushing to keep shedding low. Their lifespans are also similar up to age 14, but some are known to live longer.

Although the fur of wirehaired pointers is obviously different in texture than their cousin, their coloring is also different. Their fur is partially waterproof. Health and disorders are quite minimal from Von Willebrands disease type 2, hip dysplasia and heart disease, the short haired pointer is prone to breathing difficulties due to narrow nasal passages, eye and skin diseases, cancerous lesions in the mouth. But both dogs are prone to fungal and bacterial infections if they are used as hunting dogs and come into contact with game.

Both breeds are great as a family pet and/or working dog, giving significant amounts of affection to their owners. When getting puppies from one of these breeds, you will need to determine if they will fit your lifestyle as well as their needs. If you like a medium to large dog that is relatively masculine and energetic, with a smooth or rough coat, loves the outdoors and vigorous exercise, makes a great guard dog, but is sensible and good-natured to most people, then any of these may be right for you or your family . But if you don’t like a lot of exercise and don’t like their high energy, excitement and general active requirements, then maybe they aren’t the right dog for you or the family.

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