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Although some may consider the Drahthaar to be akin to the German Wirehaired Pointer, this exceptional breed distinguishes itself in many ways. Developed in the late 19th century by German breeders, this dog is a versatile hunter that has a shorter and generally darker and more uniform coat than its counterpart. Their wiry exterior coat provides protection in more rugged climes and their extended beards and eyebrows give them a distinct look. In order to make the cut as a genuine Drahthaar, dogs must be registered by the Verein Deutsch-Drahthaar, an association that requires scrupulous breed and hunt tests. In addition to retrieving, the Drahthaar must be able to track wounded game like rabbit, deer and even boar.
As the most often utilized hunting dog among the German hunting establishment, the Drahthaar has earned his popularity through his intelligence, concentration and unsurpassed endurance. Moreover, this breed’s gentle and friendly demeanor makes him a wonderful family pet.
Males are between 24 to 27 inches in height while females range from 22 to 25 inches tall at the withers.