Country/Date of Origin: Germany/1900s
German sportsmen do not favor a specialist hunter. They want a dog that can do it all. The German Wirehair can. With great skill it does the work of a pointer, a retriever and a spaniel. It tracks, points, and retrieves on land and water. In a land where hunting for the table was important, it was bred not for speed or drive, but rather for thoroughness.
In the early 20th century German sportsmen created a dog that would do all that the German Shorthaired Pointer could do - and have a coat more suited to working through brambles and briars. In 1928 the new creation, obtained by adding some Pudelpointer and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon bloodlines to the German Shorthairs, was admitted to the German Kennel Club. It was first introduced to the US in the 1920s with its brother breed but did not gain entry into our stud books until 1955.