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#2809701 - 12/04/11 09:09 PM German Wirehaired Pointer Shedding???
RMFWTX Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 10/22/11
Posts: 221

I am looking at getting a new bird dog, but the wife has one major rule that the dog cant shed much. I would like some advice on gundogs that dont shed a lot.

Thanks


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#2810086 - 12/04/11 11:20 PM Re: German Wirehaired Pointer Shedding??? [Re: RMFWTX]
kindall Offline

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Registered: 08/01/09
Posts: 3252
Loc: Spring, Tx
That would be a vizsla.

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#2810271 - 12/05/11 06:20 AM Re: German Wirehaired Pointer Shedding??? [Re: kindall]
stinkbelly Offline
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Registered: 09/07/04
Posts: 6023
Loc: Parker County, Tx
I don't know anyone that has a German Wirehaired Pointer, but with the DDs, I haven't figured out the shedding yet. I have friends that have long haired bushy DDs and they don't shed at all. Izzy is a short haired DD and she explodes with hair. Deuce is even shorter haired than Izzy and he doesn't shed much.

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#2810487 - 12/05/11 08:31 AM Re: German Wirehaired Pointer Shedding??? [Re: stinkbelly]
TDH09 Offline

Bird Dog

Registered: 01/16/09
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Loc: Cedar Park, Tx
Shedding is minimal with my two DD's

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#2810658 - 12/05/11 09:16 AM Re: German Wirehaired Pointer Shedding??? [Re: TDH09]
RMFWTX Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 10/22/11
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Thanks for the information.


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#2811855 - 12/05/11 03:18 PM Re: German Wirehaired Pointer Shedding??? [Re: RMFWTX]
js4242 Offline
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Registered: 09/10/10
Posts: 190
you can google "hunting dogs that don't shed" and a list will pop up. How do I know this...cause that was a major concern with my wife as well. How accurate that list is, is another story. I ended up with a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Its a Christmas present so I have no first hand knowledge if its true or not. I will find out shortly. Some folks on this forum already have the dog, but I never asked the question. Good luck with your search.


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#2812015 - 12/05/11 03:56 PM Re: German Wirehaired Pointer Shedding??? [Re: js4242]
jkrugby Offline
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Registered: 01/03/11
Posts: 59
When i was looking at breeds, that was my desire. So I looked into these breeds that are considered non-shedders:

Irish Water Spaniel (difficult to find)
Wire-haired Pointing Griffon
German Wire-haired Pointer
Portuguese Water Dog (became popular due to Obama, therefore breeding for looks)

I narrowed it down the the German Wire-hair and the Wire-haired Pointing Griffon. The Wire-hair is leggier and the griffon is a little stockier. Also, the wire-hair is typically a longer range worker and the griffon stays a little closer(upland birds obviously). I got a griffon and it sheds little to none. (sleeps on the bed every night) My understanding is occassionally the wirehairs will have a short coat and they will shed some, but if they have the longer wiry coat they shed very little like the griffons.

Hope it helps


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#2812370 - 12/05/11 05:27 PM Re: German Wirehaired Pointer Shedding??? [Re: jkrugby]
RMFWTX Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 10/22/11
Posts: 221
js4242 & jkrugby--- Thanks for all the info.


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#2814022 - 12/06/11 08:34 AM Re: German Wirehaired Pointer Shedding??? [Re: RMFWTX]
CSF Offline
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Registered: 09/11/09
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Loc: Houston,TX
I have a GSP that sheds quite a bit, so I started giving him cod liver oil pills once a day and it helped reduce the shedding quite a bit.

Just another option to try with dogs that tend to shed for the pills are inexpensive.

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#2838191 - 12/14/11 01:58 PM Re: German Wirehaired Pointer Shedding??? [Re: RMFWTX]
tjc Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 12/13/11
Posts: 4
The Vizsla is a very low shedder. But, they do shed little short hairs. Great dogs. Smart. Loyal. Research them before buying. The are sensitive. Know this for a fact. Ours is afraid of guns and fire. So, we have a great family pet. Have heard this from others. Talk to breeders.


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