Well I just went to visit our new puppy this evening, and am going to go get him tomorrow and bring him home! I was in town shopping and stocking up on all the puppy goods, and since I was in the area I got to go see him for a bit. It just made me all the more excited to get him and begin our new adventure and lives together! I’m working tomorrow so I figured I’ll pick him up after that, so I won’t be leaving him home alone his first morning here. That wouldn’t be very nice of me. I hope he’ll adapt well, as he won’t have mama or his 10 brothers and sisters around to play with. I am glad I don’t work 5 days/wk, 8-9 hr days, I would hate to leave him home alone that much. We probably wouldn’t be getting one of these guys if I did work full time, they do not do well cooped up in a kennel all day without people and without exercise.
So I have been, and am, perusing the web, reading about German Wirehair Pointers. Will has always been more familiar with these pointer breeds and has wanted one for a long time now, whereas I am more familiar with little lap/toy dogs like my two little Pomeranians that my family and I had for 15+ years. So I’m reading up and we have both been reading this book, Gun Dog, by Richard Wolters. Seems to be a classic and well-known among bird-dog owners. Very informative and good guidance for training and having these dogs.
Found a few good things just on Wikipedia though. So I thought I’d share in case you want to check it out and learn a little about them! Some important and fun things to know about them… (from the wikepedia site)
“The German wirehaired pointer is very affectionate, active and intelligent. Eager to learn and loyal to its family…”
“This is one breed of dog that does not do well in a kennel environment. German wirehaired pointers are happiest and most well behaved when they are part of the family and can spend time with their people. They can be rather willful and they like to roam. Powerful and energetic, they can become bored and hard to manage without enough exercise. The German Wirehaired pointer is a good all-around gun dog, able to hunt any sort of game on any sort of terrain. This dog has a good nose and can track, point, and retrieve on both land and water. Steady, lively and vigorous.”
“This is a dog that can fully respond to the needs of its hunter. The goal was to develop a wire-coated, medium sized dog that could:
- Search for, locate and point upland game
- Work both feather and fur with equal skill and retrieve water fowl
- Be a close-working, easily trained gun dog
- Be able to track and locate wounded game
- Be fearless when hunting “sharp” game such as fox
- Be a devoted companion and pet; and
- Be a watchdog for its owner’s family and property.”