Deutsch-Drahthaar stands up
to 68 cm tall at the shoulder. He is a mid-sized, solid dog with a
heavy, wiry coat and a thick undercoat which protects him in all hunting
conditions including in water, excesses of temperature, and the thorns,
brush, and insects found in the field. The coat displays a variety of
colours including brown and white, black and white with some solid
coloured patches, and solid brown which may or may not be marked with a
white patch on the chest.
As befits a
dog developed for its hunting ability, the Deutsch-Drahthaar must pass a
performance and physical evalution prior to being bred. This has resulted
in a dog that is known for his obedience, endurance in all physical
conditions, and perseverance. He uses his highly developed sense of smell
to first find game; then he points the location, and retrieves the fallen
animal. He tracks and swims with untiring enthusiasm.
As one would
expect of a dog with his natural abilities and intelligence, he requires
appropriate training, socialization, and exercise. This is not a couch
potato and is not suitable for a household without active members. His
calm temperament is well suited to family life. He displays a mild and
gentle manner with children and gets along well with other dogs. However,
he can be protective of his family. Versatile at home as well as in the
field, the Deutsch-Drahthaar can live in a variety of home environments.