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Wirehaired pointer

 

Wirehaired pointer

An extensive book could be written on the varieties and history of the formation of different breeds of wirehaired pointers. Dogs of this type appeared in probably all European countries, and they were especially popular in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic States. In old hunting and cynological publications (e.g.. Bechstein's Hunting Encyclopedia, ed. Gotha 1820—1822) this type of dog was called "Wasserhund", “Polish chicken dog” lub “Dutch”. The author writes there: “Comes from Poland, it is shorter and stockier than the long-haired chicken dogs, has a stronger head, shorter snout, wider nose, shorter ears, especially strong breasts and legs, and longer curly hair that creates wisps on the ears, usually brown or with white patches, or also morengaged. By nature, he likes to go into the water.” So the name "Polish” I didn't make it up, but I took from German sources.

However, I am not claiming, that this is an exclusively Polish dog, but reviving the old name, I wanted to encourage Polish hunting to become more interested in this breed. Unfortunately, my suggestions were not taken up. So the old Polish pointer will probably not be resurrected.

Nevertheless, in the post-war hunting practice, the wirehaired pointer became very popular, both in the field and in hunting and cynological literature. For a lot of ink has been spilled (and some bile), setting directions for the breeding of the wirehaired pointer in Poland. In the country, which today is considered the home of the wirehaired pointer, i.e.. in Germany, for almost a century there had been fierce disputes about the type of this dog, anyway, these disputes have not ceased to this day. As a result, instead lead to the unification of one race, Several variations have been derived, whose representatives would often not be distinguished without looking at the pedigrees of even the most eminent cynologist, As a result, three different breeds were entered into the FCI, which patterns I am giving for comparison. These are: German wirehaired pointer (I still call him wirehaired), German stick-haired pointing dog (I still call him wire-haired) i pudelpointer.