The Deutsch-Drahthaar (pronounced drot-like trot/har-like car)was created in Germany in the late 19th century by a small group of dedicated breeders who set out to develop a versatile hunting dog that would satisfy all aspects of German hunting in field, forest, and water. This group of breeders succeeded in creating a versatile hunting dog that took its traits from the best dogs of the existing coarse hair breeds, cross bred with the shorthair blood.
The Deutsch-Drahthaar is a mid sized, substantial dog. The height at shoulder varies from 57 to 68 cm. The coat is wiry,and tightly fit with thick under wool. This coat provides optimal protection from external influences such as moisture,cold and heat,as well as thorns,brush and insects. The extended eyebrows and the typical beard give this dog his characteristic appearance. The breed has a variety of colorations from brown and white, black and white ticked with some solid patches adn solid brown with or without a white chest patch. Some consider the "Drahthaar" to be the same type of dog than the German Wirehaired Pointer. While the breeds are genetically indistinguishable, "Drahthaars" have to meet rigorous hunt and breed show tests before even being eligible for breeding. These tests include tracking wounded game such as fox, rabbit, deer and boar, which may not be required of a dog that hunts birds predominantly. A desire to recover and retrieve game stands out in both styles of the dog. In the 1920's the Drahthaar breed was first introduced to the US. There it received a new name - German Wirehaired Pointer. It was recognized by the AKC in 1959. Some GWP's are hunt and show tested as well,proving themselves as serious hunters. Although there are significant differences in the testing and breeding standards of the GWP. A VDD registered Drahthaar has been bred according to the German standard set for the breed in the 1900's.