The German Wirehaired Pointer is a naturally built pointer: nicely balanced, well-muscled, tough, alert, and generally developed to hunt in rough terrains all day long. One of its trademarks is its harsh wire coat that protects against thorny brushwood and bad weather. Another distinct feature is its bushy full beard and eyebrows, which are typical of many German breeds, adding to its intelligent and knowing expression. It closely resembles its cousin, the German Shorthaired Pointer, except that it is larger, longer and with a wiry coat. The GWP stands 56 to 67 centimetres at the withers and weighs 60 to 70 pounds.
When it comes to details of its physical appearance, the GWP is well-proportioned withslightly rounded broad heads. It has a moderate stop with muzzles the same length as its skull. Its eyes are medium-sized, oval shaped with a nice dark colour. Likewise, the ears are medium-sized set high on the GWPs head. Necks have nice slopes that add to its powerful appearance, together with well-muscled shoulders and well-sprung, deep ribs. No doubt the GWP is an athletic-looking dog breed with its firm backs and muscular front legs.
The German Wirehaired Pointer sports a functional double coat that is water and weather resistant. The coat is comprised of a very dense, harsh and wiry outer coat and soft and thick undercoat. Accepted breed colours are liver and white, solid liver, black and white and solid black. Matching its coat colours are a liver-coloured nose and lips. In the grooming front, the GWP's coat is low maintenance but should remain clean with regular brushing. Its coat sheds minimally all year-round and is water-repellent, so bathe him only as needed. Routinely trim the nails to avoid painful overgrowth. Brush its teeth at least twice to thrice times in a week to remove tartar build-up and gum disease. Its ears should also be checked for any signs of infection such as redness or bad odour.