DEUTSCH DRAHTHAAR (German Wirehaired Pointer)

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FCI-Standard N° 98 /  23.10.2002 / GB



ORIGIN: Germany.


UTILIZATION: According to his purpose of a versatile working gundog the German Wirehaired Pointer must possess all the dispositions asked for the breed. He must be usable for all the work in the field, in the woods and in water before and after the shot.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.   Group     7       Pointing Dogs.
                                                Section 1.1      Continental Pointing Dogs.
                                                With working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Deutsch Drahthaar is a rough coated pointing dog whose initial breeding started at the end of the 19th century (Griffon Korthals), and that has been systematically bred from the beginning of this century based on the ideas of „Hegewald“ (Sigismund Freiherr von Zedlitz and Neukirch) with the sealed aim of creating an assertive, efficient wirehaired German gundog. In accordance with the principle of „by working ability to type“ and  with consequent regard to freedom of breeding, within a short time a gundog has been developed from the best of the rough coated types (Pudelpointer, Griffon Korthals, German Broken Coated Pointing Dog) and by using the German Shorthaired Pointer, that excels through his useful weatherproof coat and his versatility in all fields of practical hunting. Due to these characteristics, the Deutsch Drahthaar within a few decades has developed to become the most popular and well-tried among the large gundog breeds in Germany as well as in many countries of the world.


GENERAL APPEARANCE: A pointing dog of noble appearance, with harsh coat completely protecting the skin, with an attentive expression full of energy. The movement should be powerful, ground covering, flowing and harmonious.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: The length of the body and the height at the withers should be as equal as possible. The length of the body may exceed the height at the withers by up to 3 cm.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Firm, self-controlled, well-balanced, without shyness of game, neither sensitive when shots are fired nor shy or aggressive.

HEAD: In proportion to the size and the sex of the dog. Lines of head slightly diverging.

Skull: Flat, slightly rounded at the sides only, moderately broad, pronounced superciliary ridges.
Stop: Clearly visibly pronounced.

Nose: Strongly pigmented corresponding to the colour of the coat. Nostrils well opened.
Muzzle: Long, broad, strong, deep. Slight roman nose.
Lips: Thick, close-fitting, not overhanging. Well pigmented corresponding to the colour of the coat.
Jaws / teeth: Large teeth. Powerful jaws with a regular, complete scissor bite with the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. 42 teeth according to the dentition formula.
Eyes: As dark as possible, neither too deep-set nor protruding, with an alert, lively expression. Eyerims well pigmented and close-fitting.
Ears: Of medium size, set on high and wide, not twisted.

NECK: Of medium length, strongly muscled; slightly arched napeline, clean cut throat, no dewlap.

Topline: Slightly sloping from the withers in a straight line.
Withers: Pronounced.
Back: Firm, well muscled.
Loins: Short, broad, muscular loin region.
Croup: Long and broad, slightly sloping and well muscled. Broad pelvis.
Chest: Broad and deep with well developed forechest, the breastbone reaching as far back as possible. Ribs well arched.
Underline and belly: Slight tuck-up towards the rear in an elegant curve.

TAIL: Following the topline, carried as horizontally as possible or slightly raised, but not steep. Neither too thick nor too thin. Docked for the hunting purposes. (In countries where docking is prohibited by law, the tail may be left natural. It should reach to the hocks and should be carried straight or slightly sabre-like.)



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FOREQUARTERS: Viewed from the front, straight and parallel, viewed from the side, legs set well under the body. The distance from the elbows to the ground to be approximately equal to the distance from the elbows to the withers.
Shoulders: Well laid-back, sloping shoulder blade, strongly muscled. Forming a good angle together with the upper arm.
Upper arm: As long as possible, with well developed, lean muscles.
Elbows: Close to the body, neither turning in nor out. Good angulation between upper arm and forearm.
Forearm: Lean, set perpendicular, strong bones.
Carpal joint: Strong.
Pasterns: Slightly sloping.
Front feet: Oval-round with well-knit toes and sufficiently thick, tough, robust and well-pigmented pads. They are set parallel, neither turning in nor out in stance or when moving.

HINDQUARTERS: Viewed from GO BACK TO LIST, straight and parallel. Well angulated at the stifles and the hocks. Strong bones.
Upper thigh: Long, broad, muscular, with good angulation between pelvis and upper thigh.
Stifle: Strong, with good angulation between upper and lower thigh.
Lower thigh: Long, muscular and sinewy.
Hocks: Short, perpendicular to the ground.
Hind feet: Oval-round with well-knit toes and sufficiently thick, tough, robust and well-pigmented pads. They are set parallel in stance and when moving, turning neither in nor out.

GAIT / MOVEMENT: Covering lots of ground, with good reach and drive, parallel coming and going; with upstanding posture.

SKIN: Tight, close-fitting, without folds.


HAIR: Wirehaired harsh, flat lying and dense. Outer coat approximately 2 to 4 cm long; dense, waterresistant undercoat. The outlines of the body may not be obscured by longer coat. Through its harshness and density it should provide as good protection against weather and injuries as possible. The lower parts of the legs, as well as the lower region of the brisket and the belly, should be shorter but densely coated, the head and the ears to be shorter and at the same time denser but never softer coated. Pronounced eyebrows and a well developed not too long, as harsh as possible beard emphasise the determined expression.


  • Brown roan with or without patches.
  • Black roan, with or without patches.
  • Brown with or without white chest patch.
  • Light roan.

No other colour is permitted.

SIZE: Height at withers: Dogs:           61 to 68 cm.
                                      Bitches:      57 to 64 cm.

FAULTS: Any departure of the foregoing points must be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.


  • Short or narrow or pointed muzzle.
  • Weak dentition.
  • Very loose eyelids.
  • Swayback or roach back.
  • Heavily overbuilt.
  • Elbows heavily turning in or out.
  • Bandy-legged, cow hocked or close GO BACK TO LIST, in stance  as  well as in movement.
  • Pacing permanently when stepping or trotting, stiff or mincing gait.
  • Sparce coat, lacking undercoat.


  • Any kind of  weak temperament, especially gun or game shyness, aggressiveness,   nervousness; fear biter.
  • Over- or undershot bite, wry mouth, missing teeth other than P1, the canines being set too narrow.
  • Entropion, ectropion, differently coloured eyes.
  • Innate kinky or stumpy tail.
  • Faulty pigment.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. Male animals must have two apparently normally developed testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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In a generalized manner

What it comes said German Hound in realt commonly constitutes two breeds, much similar in the morphology but various in the cape: to short hair and hard hair (Kurzhaar and Drahthaar). Harmoniously proporzionato, its construction joins power to resistance and rapidit the entirety lines are of great effect the dry head, the tail very capacity, the very stiff skin.


The length of the log must little exceed l.altezza to the garrese. The dry head and very cesellata, of too much light of too much heavy. The neck of Length proporziona them to the body, the solid back, the short kidney and the wide and muscolosa rump. The Kurzhaar has driven in, dry short hair and much and rough one to the tact.
The Drahthaar has hard iron hair (fil) adherent and dense, along approximately 2-4 cm.

RANSOM: Kurzhaar: males from 62 to 66 cm, females from 58 to 63 cm;
Drahthaar: males
from 60 to 67 cm, females from 56 to 62 cm.
Colors: Kurzhaar: brown without spots, brown with small spots white women white women or macchiettature browns, roanato clear brown, white man with spots browns on the black head or with identical spots to the previous ones.
dark brown, mixed brown to white man, grayish clear brown or also, with or without color specks.
Tail : Kurzhaar: attacked high, wide to the base, it comes shortened of approximately the met Drahthaar : inserted on the extension of the line of the back, devout possible straight and the horizontal one, anch' shortened it.



Standard F.C.I. OF THE RACE

F.C.I. Standard n. 98/29.10.2000

Country of origin: Germany


I USE: In conformit to its function of dog from hunting with polyvalent employment, it must possess all the characteristics that expect a Deutsch-Drahthaar and must be usable for all the uses on the field, in the forest and water, is before that after I shoot it.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.: Group 7, dogs from firm - Section: dogs from firm continentals with job test

  • SHORT HISTORICAL PANORAMA. The Deutsch-Drahthaar a firm dog from to hard hair that, after the first steps of the breedings of the end of XIX the century (Griffone Korthals), to leave from the beginning of the new century be second raised the ideas of von "Hegewald" (Sigismund Freiherr von Zedlitz und Neukirch) with explicit and declared the objective one to create a dog from hunting to hard, solid hair under the profile characterial, and valid on the plan works them. On the supply of the maxim "towards the type through the performances" ("durch Leistung zum Typ") and with the coherent respect of a substantial one libert of breeding, from the best subjects than cucciolate to hard hair (Pudelpointer, Griffone Korthals, Deutsch-Stichelhaar) and by means of the breaking in of the German hound to short hair (Deutsch-Kurzhaar) be obtained in short time a dog from hunting that, thanks to a hairy mantle works them and insensitive to the inclemencies, and thanks to its versatilit, distinguished in all the shapes of practical venatoria. Through these prerogatives the Deutsch-Drahthaar become in little decades one of the dogs from hunting between devout loved and the reliable ones, as well as in Germany, how much in many other countries of the world.
  • General aspect. Dog from firm of noble aspect, with a hard hairy mantle that supplies to the skin one perfect protection, equipped of careful and energetic expression. Its movements must powerful, wide, be melted and harmonious.
  • ESSENTIAL PROPORTIONS. The length of the log and the height of the shoulder must be devout possible the equal ones. The length of the log pu to exceed the height of the shoulder not devout of cm. 3.
  • BEHAVIOR/CHARACTER (NATURE). Detention, controlled, balanced, without fears in the comparisons of wild, the not timid, n aggressive one.
  • HEAD. It must proporzionata to the ransom of the body and the sex of the dog. Leggermente divergent lines skull-facciali.
    Skull: plate, leggermente rounded off only on sides, proporzionatamente wide, and with arched sopraccigliari clearly developed.
    Stop: recognizable in clearly pronounced way.
    Nasal Tartufo: strongly pigmented, in connection with the color of the hair. Narici very opened.
    Snout: along, wide, strong, deep. Advanced profile of leggermente convex the nasal cane.
    Labbra: thick, adherent and not hanging. With good pigmentazione, in connection with the color of the hair.
    Jaws - Set of teeth - Teeth: large teeth. Strong jaws, with a set of teeth to perfect scissor, regular and complete, in which I recorded to you advanced are touched with those inferiors without to leave spaces intermediate, and the teeth become part vertically in the jaw. Set of teeth of 42 teeth, second the dental formula.
    Eyes: devout possible dark, the not too much infossati, n sporgenti ones, with lively expression and wide awake. Palpebral margins very pigment to you and adherent to ocular globes.
    ORECCHIE: of medium largeness, attacked high and wide, not rolled up.
  • Neck. Of medium length and with strong musculature; leggermente arched the cervical line, that one of the dry throat.
  • BODY.
    Advanced lines: straight and leggermente descendants.
    Garrese: pronounced.
    Back: strongly and very muscoloso.
    Lombi: short, wide and muscolose zones lumbar.
    Rump: long and wide, leggermente descendant and very muscolosa; wide river basin.
    Thorax: wide and deep, with chest very pronounced and sterno wide, tending devout the possible one to GO BACK TO LIST. Cost very cerchiato.
    Inferior lines and abdomen: dry abdominal lines, that they go back leggermente towards the posterior one forming one elegant curve.
    Tail: it follows the line of the back, and capacity devout the possible horizontal or leggermente elevated, but not erected, large, n not too much thin. It must be shortened in measure acconcia to the venatori uses. (In countries in which the law prohibits the cut of the tail, this pu to be maintained natural. It would have to reach until the garretto, and to be straight capacity or leggermente to sabre shape).
  • LIMBS.
    Characteristics generate them: it observes to you front, the limbs turn out straight and parallels; it observes to you laterally are introduced integrally under the body. The distance between the land and the elbow would have to be approximately equal to that one between the elbow and the garrese.
    Shoulders: the bachelor very tilted to GO BACK TO LIST, and with strong musculature. Good angolatura of the bachelor with the arm.
    Arm: devout the possible along, with good and dry musculature.
    Elbows: supporters with the body, do not turn to you towards the outside, n&eacuto towards the inside. Good angolatura of the arm with the forearm.
    Forearm: vertically posizionato dry ground and, with strong skeleton.
    Articulation of the front foot: strongly.
    Metacarpo. Leggermente tilted in ahead.
    Front feet. Of shape oval, with fingers very sufficiently thick, rough, resistant sluices and bearings plantari and very pigment to you. It is in position from detention, than in motion, come rests to you parallel and they are not capacities towards linterno, n towards the outside.
  • Posterior limbs.
    Characteristics generate them: it observes give to you GO BACK TO LIST turn out straight and parallels. Good angolatura of the articulation of the ginocchio with the garretto. Strongly skeleton.
    Thigh: long, wide and muscolosa, with good angolatura of the river basin with the femoral zone.
    Ginocchia: strong, with good angolatura of the advanced zone with that inferior of the thigh.
    Leg: long, muscolosa and nerboruta.
    Garretto: strongly.
    Metatarsi: courts, posizionati perpendicularly.
    Posterior feet: Of shape oval, with fingers very sufficiently thick, rough, resistant sluices and bearings plantari and very pigment to you. It is in position from detention, than in motion, come rests to you parallel and they are not capacities towards linterno, n towards the outside.
  • SAILING POINT. Much width, with good taken of land and good push; it is the front limbs that those posterior ones are straight capacities and parallels; portamento very erected.
  • SKIN. Stiff, adherent, without formation of folds.
    Characteristics of the hair: hard as a wire, adherent and folto. Long hair of cover from i 2 cm. to i 4 cm. approximately,sottopelo folto and raincoat. The lineamenti of the body do not have to be hidden from long hair of cover. With its hardness and its foltezza the mantle must be able to offer to the better possible protection against the inclemencies and the wounds. The hairy cover of the inferior parts of the limbs, that one of the thorax and the ventre must be devout short, but however always folta; also that one of the head and the orecchie must be devout short, but folta, and however always not soft. The energetic expression of the snout emphasized from sopracciglia marked and a beard folta, than in order must not have an excessive length and must be devout possible the hard one.

  • Colors:
    • roano brown, with or without specks
    • black roano, with or without specks
    • tawny with or without one spot on the chest
    • clear roano.
    Other colors are not admitted.
  • HEIGHT. Height:
    • Males: from 61 cm. until 68 cm.
    • Females: from 57 cm. until 64 cm.

  • DEFECTS. Every variation regarding the previous characteristics goes considered which defect, to judge itself in exact relationship with the degree of difference regarding the standard.
    • short snout, strait, or appuntito;
    • set of teeth weak person, to tenaglia, even if in partial measure;
    • strongly rilassate eyelids;
    • insellato or carpato back; sterno careened or too much short;
    • elbows capacities strongly towards the outside, or the inside;
    • vaccinismo, limbs arch to you, or too much it draws near to you, as well as in position from detention, how much in motion;
    • sailing point ambles, rigid or trotterellante; fine hair; absence of sottopelo.

    • prognatismo and egnatismo, set of teeth to cross, lack of teeth (ad.eccezione.del first premolar);
    • entropy, ectropia, ocular eterocromia;
    • tail end from birth folded, or to mozzicone;
    • pigmentazione defects;
    • characterial defects, and in particular fear of I talk nonsense or in the comparisons of the wild one; agressivit, nervousness, mordacit.

  • N.B. The males must have two normosviluppati testicoli and integrally posizionati in the scroto

  (Deutsche Bracke)

FCI-Standard N° 299 / 15.09.1997 / GB


TRANSLATION : C. Seidler, revised by Dr. Paschoud.

ORIGIN : Germany.



CLASSIFICATION FCI :      Group 6       Scenthounds and related  breeds.
                                               Section 1.3   Small sized hounds.
                                               With working trial.

SHORT  HISTORICAL  SURVEY  :  From  the  formerly  numerically  strong varieties of  the Bracken,  the only one  surviving in Germany is  the Westphalian Bracke.  Its most significant local variety was the tricolour Sauerländer  Holzbracke.    Through   melting  this  type  with  local Steinbracken, one certain type  has evolved, which since 1900 has been designated as the Deutsche Bracke (German Bracke / Hound).

 IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS : Length of head in dogs of medium size approximately 21 cm, from muzzle to beween eyes about 9 cm.

GENERAL APPEARANCE  : That  of a  light, high stationed, elegant,  yet strongly made hunting dog  with a noble, comparatively fine head, good leathers and  a  well  carried but  in  respect of  the noble  general appearance,  remarkably  thick  tail.   Slightly  tucked  up  abdomen.  

HEAD : Fine, clean,  elongated.  Seen from the front, the head appears narrow and long,  the skull only little  broader than the not  sharply protruding cheeks which merge very gradually with the muzzle.

Skull : Slightly domed, occiput protrudes but only slightly.
Stop : Minimal.

Nose : Has a  light, almost flesh coloured  strip in its middle, while
the wings of the nose have more or less dark pigment.
Bridge of nose : Very slightly convex.
Lips : Moderately pendant, corner of mouth small.
Teeth / Bite :  Extremely strong  and even.  Incisors  meet either on top  of each other or the  inside of the upper incisors touches the outside of the lower incisors.  Canines particularly strongly developed.
Eyes : Dark, clear with friendly expression.
Leathers : Long, about  14 cm and broad, about 9 cm, close fitting and
rounded at ends.

NECK : Moderate length and rather strong in relation to the head.

Back : Slightly arched.
Croup : Falling away slightly.
Chest :  Deep, reaching  to below  elbows.   Flatly rounded with  long

TAIL :  Long, not  noticeably strong  at the  root.   As a  protection
against knocking against tree  trunks and branches, it  has bushy long
hair and is therefore comparatively thick, yet tapering to a point and
somewhat brush-like.   Tail  is carried hanging  down or upwards in  a
gentle curve.


FOREQUARTERS :  High, very  well made,  lean, fine  boned and  sinewy.
Shoulder :Clean.
Elbows : Close fitting.

HINDQUARTERS : Thighs broad  and full in profile, lower thigh long and not very broad, well angulated.

FEET : Longer than cat-feet, coarse, very tight toes.


HAIR : Long for a short haired dog.  Very dense, hard, almost bristly.
Well  coated  and  dense on  belly.    Generally a  little  longer  on
underside of  tail forming a moderate  brush.  Buttocks (thighs)  well

COLOUR :  Red to  yellow with  black saddle  or blanket and the  white "Bracken" markings  : blaze  running through,  white muzzle with  neck ring (closed neck ring should be aimed for), white chest, legs and tip of tail.

SIZE : Height at withers : 40 to 53 cm.  
Moderate departure from these measurements permitted.

FAULTS : Any departure  from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and  the seriousness with which  the fault should be  regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

  • Long cast, low body shape. 
  • Teckel-like (Dachshund type) head.
  • Pointed, folded or short leathers.
  • Sickle or ring tail.
  • Faulty legs.
  • Splayed, incorrect feet.
  • Chocolate colour, particolour.
  • Particolour.


Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


N.B. : Male animals  should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.