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Dog Portraits - German wire-haired Pointer Dog Portrait

This portrait of a hyper-active German wire-haired Pointer bitch 'Mud', was commissioned as a 60th birthday present for her owner.
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This portrait of a hyper-active German wire-haired Pointer bitch 'Mud', was commissioned as a 60th birthday present for her owner, to hang alongside others portrayed by Ann. Here Ann has projected her busy, cheeky disposition into the portrait.

 

The German wire-haired pointer is one of the few hunting breeds that can perform virtually all gundog roles. It is pointer and retriever, an upland bird dog and water dog, can be used for hunting larger and more dangerous game, and in addition has a scent hound's talented nose. It is an excellent swimmer but also works well in rough terrain. It is tenacious, tireless, hardy, and reliable. In short, it is a superb all-around field dog that remains popular with hunters. The German wirehaired pointer, or drahthaar, resembles the German shorthaired pointer in all ways except for the coat. The wirehaired pointer has a two-layered coat: the undercoat is a soft, dense insulating covering, and the outercoat is straight, harsh, and wiry. The wirehaired pointer was developed in Germany, during the last half of the 19th century, from the German shorthaired pointer and several other pointing breeds, including the pudelpointer. The breed very quickly became popular in its native land. The functional wiry coat is the breed's most distinctive feature. A dog must have a correct coat to be of correct type. The coat is weather resistant and, to some extent, water-repellent. The undercoat is dense enough in winter to insulate against the cold but is so thin in summer as to be almost invisible.

 

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