Do German Wirehaired Pointers Shed? (The Secret Truth)

Yes, german wirehaired pointers are average shedders. In cooler weather, they’ll shed less. In warmer weather, they’ll shed more.

In general, they tend to feel the cold and will be comfortable in temperatures from 80 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit – usually, this tops out at around 100 – 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

German wirehaired pointers have a short, coarse undercoat and a longer topcoat.

The guard hairs of their coats are wiry in appearance and this is where the breed gets its name from.

This coat may feel harsh to the touch if not brushed regularly with a firm bristle brush or slicker brush to remove dead hair and keep their coats from matting.

In warmer weather, they may become very oily as the sebaceous glands release more oils to regulate body temperature and care should be taken with bathing so as not to dry out their skin too much.

Bathing them in cool water will also help with this issue.  Regular grooming with a slicker brush will help to prevent this problem.

Mature dogs have a longer topcoat that can be wavy or curly. Puppies are born with straight coats, but they may become wavy/curly as they grow.

The amount of feathering around the legs and feet varies from dog to dog, but these dogs both have long fur around their feet and legs.

How much does a German wirehaired pointer shed?

Only a German wirehaired pointer that is in need of professional grooming will have significant amounts of hair throughout the home.

German wirehaired pointers shed more in the spring and fall during transitional periods from hot to cold or cold to warm weather.  

In summer, they tend not to shed very much at all if they are kept in air conditioning.

Are German wirehaired pointers hypoallergenic?

With respect to dog allergies, no breed is truly hypoallergenic.  Even dogs that produce less dander than others may not be considered completely hypoallergenic because of the saliva which can also irritate some people’s allergies.

The coat of the German wirehaired pointer is wiry in appearance and may feel harsh to the touch if not brushed regularly with a firm bristle brush or slicker brush to remove dead hair and keep their coats from matting.

Some owners will choose to shave down the coat of these dogs in summer for comfort, but this should only be done by professionals because there are areas where the undercoat grows very thick (such as around the neck) and some dogs have a looser curl on the hair.

Do German wirehaired pointers Moult?

Yes, German wirehaired pointers shed more during the spring and fall when transitioning from warm to cold or cold to hot weather.

German wirehaired pointers do moult out their undercoats for a short while in the spring and new coats grow in quickly.

They may appear unkempt while the process of coat growth happens (typically around 3 months) and may appear patchy.

In the fall, these dogs will shed out coats that have been growing since spring and grow a new coat for winter.  This may take up to 3 – 4 months to complete.