The German Wirehaired Pointer is the Wirehair counterpart of the German Shorthaired Pointer, though each is considered and registered as a separate breed. In general, however, the Wirehair brings its owner all the same hunting and character qualities as the Shorthair. The breed too is the result of careful breeding practices conducted in Germany in the early 1800s to produce the best all-around hunting dog. The breed’s outstanding feature truly is its coat, which is weather-resisting and double: the outer coat is straight, harsh, and wiry, while the undercoat is dense in the winter but virtually non-existent in warm weather. Extra grooming requirements are necessary for the Wirehair, but the added toughness that the coat affords make the extra effort well worth it to German Wirehaired Pointer owners.