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DNA Testing

DNA Testing and the German Wirehaired Pointer

DNA Testing allows breeders to minimise the risk of producing disease affected puppies. As of March 2009, there is just one DNA test actually available for German Wirehaired Pointer specific conditions and that is for von Willebrands Disease. Breeders can access this through Laboklin Laboratory and the current price is £65.96.  Their contact details are:

Laboklin (UK) 61 Mouldsworth Avenue, Manchester, M20 1GG, Tel: 0161 282 3066.

We strongly encourage the dog owners to perform the DNA testing in order to avoid the possible problems in the future. The price may not be high when we consider that we have a possibility to identify early the potential problems of your dog.

Idiopathic Epilepsy Research

Sadly epilepsy is reported in the breed. However there is an extensive research project underway at the Animal Health Trust to develop a DNA test for this nasty condition.

There are three types of GWP that can valuably contribute to this research:

  • Any GWP that has been diagnosed as affected with idiopathic epilepsy
  • Their close relatives such as siblings, parents and grandparents, nieces and nephews etc.
  • Older GWPs – 8 years and over – who are NOT affected. They do not need to be related to affected dogs. This group acts as a control group.

The researchers require mouth swabs taken from the inside of the dog’s cheeks. You can get swab kits free of charge from the Animal Health Trust or by telephone on 01638 555 621. These kits are needed for the research and can greatly help your dog!

There is no fee required for this – it is currently a free service because it is part of a major study into epilepsy.  The swabs do not harm the dogs.

Once a test has been developed breeders will be able to ascertain whether or not their lines are clear of epilepsy. It may happen that the first test does not show anything, however, it there is even the smallest possibility for a problem, we will usually find something unusual at the initial test.

For many breeders the ‘promise’ of the DNA test has been dangling in front of them for too long without any real breakthrough so a degree of skepticism is forgivable.  However please think about this:

  • The LUPA project is funding research into canine disease to the tune of £50 Million
  • Computer modelling programmes are enabling the research scientists to locate the relevant sections of DNA faster than ever before
  • The speed with which the DNA tests are coming on stream is quickening
  • The Kennel Club has just set up with the AHT a Canine Genetics Centre with more resources than ever.

To find out more about how dogs are contributing to DNA Tests that will ultimately benefit us humans visit the LUPA website.

The more we can learn about the health status of today’s German Wirehaired Pointer population, the more we can guarantee the long-term future of the breed.


GWP Rescue

The GWPC Rescue is run solely by volunteers and relies on donations to help GWPs. Thanks to many donations from all around the world, we managed to succeed in the very beginning. If there was no donations, we would not have existed ever!

The National Rescue Co-ordinator is Jay Boden and you should contact her in the first instance regarding rescuing a GWP unless otherwise stated. She is the charge of the rescuing process and can help you with everything you need!

German Wirehaired Pointer Club Rescue & Re-homing (GWPC Rescue) is the only official Kennel Club-recognised Rescue & Rehoming organisation for the German Wirehaired Pointer.

We deal with true rescues and abandonments along with those dogs which are required to be re-homed for personal reasons. Please bear in mind that each of the dogs we feature is genuinely in need of a new home. For that reason, we would like to point out also that we would like to give a dog to someone who has a house and a big yard/garden!

Many breeders of German Wirehaired Pointers and stud dog owners are members of the GWP Club, and as such have an obligation to assist with the re-homing of any dog that they have produced.  GWP Club Rescue likewise has an obligation to notify member breeders and stud dog owners if one of their dogs needs to be rescued/re-homed.

We are in need of foster homes for rescue GWPs expected in the future. If you want to be considered as a prospective foster home then please contact Jay Boden. She can give you all the necessary information and instructions regarding the rescue procedure!

GWP Club Members interested in the operation of the Rescue & Rehoming Service can obtain a copy of the Rescue & Rehoming Coordinator’s operating guidelines on request from the Club Secretary.

The German Wirehaired Pointer Club Rescue and Rehoming (GWPC Rescue) is the only official Kennel Club recognised Rescue and Rehoming organisation for the German Wirehaired Pointer.

Want to rescue or rehome a GWP?

This information is presented to assist prospective adopters to decide whether they can offer a suitable home to a rescue dog.  Rescue dogs often come from loving homes where circumstances have sadly changed.  Equally, they may be in rescue as a consequence of abuse, cruelty or abandonment.   The GWP Club Rescue Co-ordinator is responsible for assessing the individual needs of every dog coming into rescue and in making the most appropriate re-homing decision for the welfare needs of each dog.  This requires exercising the maximum discretion within these general guidelines and the decision of the Rescue Co-ordinator is final in all cases.

The GWP Club will always assign priority in the adoption process to homes that have experience of owning a GWP or similar Hunt-Point- Retrieve (HPR) dog.

All prospective adopters will be subject to a home visit to assess their suitability for the adopted dog. This is performed to ensure that you can provide the needed care and required environment needed for the normal life of a dog. Not that we are going to check your checking account, but rather the conditions you are planning to ensure to your dog. Your working time may be a crucial factor for adopting.

As a general rule, we do not allow dogs to be adopted into homes where the prospective adopters work full-time, or where the adopted dog will be left alone for periods above 4 hours.  Often, it is these precise conditions that have led to the need for re-homing.

As a general rule, we do not encourage adoption into households where there are children under 5 years of age.  The GWP is a strong and powerful dog and whilst they are generally good with children of all ages, they may be boisterous and difficult to control before they settle into the new home, presenting a risk of injury to small child.

As a minimum the garden and any accessible land should be securely fenced and gated.

We will not place a dog where it is the intention of the prospective adopter to breed from the animal.  Wherever possible, bitches/dogs will be spayed/neutered before adoption, however, where this is not done adopters are asked to ensure that this is done at their own expense after a period of about 4 months, after allowing the dog to settle in the new home. Veterinary confirmation of this procedure should be sent to the Rescue Coordinator for inclusion in the adoption record.

Prospective new owners should be able to demonstrate their ability to accommodate the lifestyle and exercise needs of the dog.

Additional criteria for re-homing will depend on the assessed needs of the individual dog, for example, where a dog may be unable to mix with other dogs, is unsuitable for homing with children of any age, fretful if left even for short periods etc.   Such additional needs will be clearly communicated to prospective adopters in the Rescue advertisement.

Except in the case of an abandoned dog where the previous owner cannot be traced, the GWP Club will always attempt to obtain the medical history of dogs coming into rescue, and this information will be passed on to the adopter.  However, the GWP Club will not accept any liability for further medical treatment required by the dog, or for any pre-existing condition that has not been notified by the previous owner.

The GWP Club will, wherever possible, notify breeders of dogs which have been bred by them coming into rescue. We encourage all breeders to maintain a long-term interest in dogs that they have bred and to assist GWP rescue with re-homing such dogs when required.  In such circumstances we will inform adopters of the breeder’s details and inform the breeder of the details of the new home.

On the signature of adoption papers, the adopter assumes responsibility for all costs of dog ownership.  We strongly recommend that adopters take out Pet Insurance. Guidance and information on Pet Insurance is available on the GWP Club Rescue Website.

Where a dog has not been micro chipped/tattooed at the time of the adoption, the adopter will be requested to have this done as soon as possible (within six months) and provide a copy of the documentation to the Rescue Coordinator for inclusion in the adoption record.

GWP Rescue is an expensive operation and is funded solely by donations and fund raising.  Consistent with other rescue organisations, where a dog is re-homed, an adoption fee is charged; typically this would be £100 for an older dog (8+), and £150 for younger dogs.

Giving a German Wirehaired Pointer up for Adoption

The GWP Club, through GWP Rescue & Re-homing, is here to offer help and assistance to anyone who may need to consider finding a new home for their GWP.  We appreciate how difficult and sensitive this decision will be, and that personal circumstances change.   Our aim is to support you through this difficult time and to act always in the best interests of your dog.

Your first step in this process should always be to contact the dog’s breeder.  Reputable breeders will always want to assist owners with the re-homing of their dogs and many have made provision for this eventuality in their sales agreement with owners.  The GWP Club places a strong obligation on Breeders through its Code of Ethics and Further Guidelines to help with re-homing situations, as we believe that this is almost always in the best interests of all concerned, especially the dog.  Where breeders are GWP Club Members, please be advised that it is GWP Club policy always to advise them if their dogs have a re-homing need, so that we can decide with the breeder what is in the best interests of your dog.

We guarantee:

  • To treat your enquiry in the strictest confidence until the decision to find a new home is made and the dog advertised for adoption.
  • To do everything possible to find the right home for your dog based on his/her individual needs.
  • To home check all prospective adopters to ensure that they are suitable new carers for your dog.
  • To keep you informed at all stages of the process if you wish.

We ask you:

  • To provide us with as much information as possible about the dog and the circumstances leading to the need for re-homing, especially if these are related to behaviour or temperament.
  • To provide us if possible with Kennel Club Registration details, breeder details, vaccination records, veterinary history, micro-chipping records etc.
  • To inform us of your dogs likes, dislikes, food preferences, favourite toys etc
  • To inform us of any training and activities that your dog has had or been involved with (working, showing, trailing, agility etc.).



As the rescue process requires time, devotion and financial resources, it is part of the procedure to learn a few basic things about this process. Some things to consider before taking on a rescue GWP:

German Wirehaired Pointers can and do make excellent companions and working/agility/obedience/tracking dogs. However, right from getting a GWP the obedience and social skills must be enforced. Should this not be trained then the GWP can become a hunting dog with no ‘stop control’ or a large dog that lacks manners. It should therefore be considered that a percentage of rescue GWPs do come into rescue because they have not had these skills trained and the cute puppy has grown up to be a dog that is just too much for the owner to cope with.

On taking on a GWP rescue you have to expect that you will need to go back to the basics with the dog and retrain it with manners. They are strong willed animals with a hunting instinct so you must expect to have to take training slowly to gain the final positive results of a well trained companion.

Some dogs that come in to rescue are not used to young children and may never have lived with children. Others will not be used to dogs and so socialization will be required. Many GWPs will not be used to cats. Each dog is a unique case and therefore we need to determine the best conditions for its staying and living!

Some GWPs come into rescue because they are unreliable with livestock. All dogs should be kept on the lead with livestock unless they are 101% trustworthy.

GWPs are hunting dogs. They need a good walk or run each day and they must not be left for long periods of time. They are not suitable to live in flats and all gardens should be well fenced and totally enclosed. For this reason, we do not encourage people to take these dogs in case they are living in flats and apartments. The dog’s nature insists on everyday running and the freedom they have when they are in the woods!

If you have very young children then do think carefully about taking on the breed as the rescue dogs will require commitment to time and training each day.

Some dogs come in purely because the family circumstances have changed and the dogs needs a new home. These dogs make excellent pets although again they may not be used to cats etc.

The above are some things to think about before enquiring about a rescue dog. They are not meant to put anybody off but just to give a better idea of the circumstances around rescue GWPs. If you still wish to enquire about a GWP rescue then please fill in the enquiry form to help us with you enquiry

The Application Process

Please speak to the rescue coordinator for your area or our national coordinator Ian Roberts.

After discussing your circumstances and requirements with one of our rescue coordinators a home checked will usually be carried out as soon as possible. This is so we can check the suitability of the home for the dog in rescue and also to advise of any fencing etc requirements that need to be made. It is not meant to be a judgmental process but simply a requirement to make sure the rehoming is successful.

Assuming the home check is passed you will go on our rescue list until a suitable GWP is found. Have in mind that this process may take some time, as we want to find the ideal dog for you!

Once a rescue dog becomes available you can meet the dog and final arrangements are made for the rehoming. A rescue contract is signed and appropriate details are passed over. Please note no rescue dogs are released with ‘registration papers’. A donation to rescue is appreciated on rehoming.

Please remember rescue is a voluntary service – all monies are received through donations and fund raising. All people involved in rescue do so on a voluntary basis.


About the GWPC Puppy List

The GWPC Puppy List is open for all to advertise their litter of German Wirehaired Pointer puppies.

In 2010 the GWPC Committee changed the format by which GWP litters are advertised and introduced a set of ‘advertising levels’.

In August 2011 the GWPC Committee again reviewed these advertising levels in order to ensure that litters are consistent with the level of commitment that the GWPC is making to health.

Advertising Levels

The puppy list is now being opened up to advertising for both members and non-members. However, only litters where both the sire and dam have been health tested will be eligible to advertise. This is a “security check” which would ensure us working with the tested and healthy dogs. In case your dog is not 100% healthy, we offer the treatment programs as we want to keep this breed in the positive shape and increased growth.

Requirements – Sire and Dam have been bred in accordance with Club guidelines and both to have had the following health tests:

  • DNA tested clear of von Willebrands Disease or DNA clear by parentage
  • Hip Scored under the KC/BVA scheme or a recognised foreign scheme.
  • Advertising on this list is free of charge for members or £25 for non members.

If there is something that you do not understand clearly, of would like to learn more about the procedures and advertising, feel free to contact us at any time you want. We will appoint someone to take you through the whole procedure so you could understand everything. Below is the official statement of our club that all members must follow!

“The GWP Club actively promotes ethical practice and clear guidelines to its members and prospective GWP owners.  Please read the full Code of Ethics and Guidelines.  The health testing of breeding stock for known conditions is encouraged.  These should include as a minimum DNA tests for von Willebrands disease (vWD) and Hip x-rays and scoring under the BVA/Kennel Club scheme.   Breeders advertising on this Puppy List are asked to state the results of these tests on the Sire and Dam of the litter so that prospective owners can make an informed homing decision in consultation with the breeders concerned”