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Breed Standard

This page contains a general overview of the VDD Breed Standards to give the reader a better understanding without going into exact detail.
Breed Standard
The standard describes the ideal conformation of the Deutsch-Drahthaar (DD). The breeding goal under these standards is to produce a mentally stable, well-performing, noble, medium large, strong pointing dog whose harmonious and purposeful conformation and hard coat, providing full protection of the skin, enable him to meet into his old age all the demands posed by versatile hunting activities.
breedstandardGeneral Appearance: A pointing dog of noble appearance, with harsh coat completely protecting the skin, with an attentive expression full of energy. The movement should be powerful, ground covering, flowing and harmonious. 
Important Proportions: The length of body and the height at the withers should be as equal as possible. The length of body may exceed height at the withers by up to 3 centimeters.

Behavior/Temperament: Firm, self-controlled, well-balanced, without shyness of game, neither sensitive when shots are fired nor shy or aggressive.

Head: In proportion to the size and the sex of the dog. Lines of the head slightly diverging. Matches the sex and substance of the dog.

Neck: Of medium length, strongly muscled; slightly arched napeline, clean cut throat, no dewlap.

breedstandard2Body: The body topline should be slightly sloping from the withers in a straight line with well pronounced withers and a firm, well muscled back. The loins should be short while the croup should be long and broad with a slight slope. The chest is broad and deep with a slight tuck-up from the transition to the belly.

Tail: Following the topline, carried as horizontally as possible or slightly raised, but not steep. Docked for hunting purposes.

Gait/Movement: Covering lots of ground, with good reach and drive, parallel coming and going; with upstanding posture.

Skin:  Tight, close-fitting, without folds.

Coat: Wirehaired harsh, flat lying and dense. Outer coat approximately 2 -4 cm long (3/4 – 1 1/2 inches); dense water-resistant undercoat. The outlines of the body may not be obscured by longer coat. Through its harshness and density it should provide as good protection against weather and injuries as possible. The lower parts of the legs, as well as the lower region of the brisket and the belly, should be shorter but densely coated, the head and the ears to be shorter and at the same time denser but never softer coated. Pronounced eyebrows and a well developed, not too long, as harsh as possible beard emphasize the determined expression.

Color: breedstandard3

  •  Brown roan with or without patches.
  •  Black roan with or without patches.
  •  Brown with or without white chest patch.
  •  Light roan

No other color is permitted

Size:  Height at withers:

  • Dogs: 61 to 68 cm (roughly 24 – 27 inches)
  • Bitches: 57 to 64 cm (roughly 22.5 – 25 inches)

Faults: Any departure of the foregoing points must be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

Severe Faults:

  •  Short or narrow or pointed muzzle.
  •  Weak dentition.
  •  Very loose eyelids
  •  Swayback or roach back.
  •  Heavily overbuilt.
  • Elbows heavily turning in or out.
  • Bandy-legged, cow hocked or close behind, in stance as well as movement.
  • Pacing permanently when stepping or trotting, stiff or mincing gait.
  • Sparse coat, lacking undercoat.

Eliminating Faults:

  • Any kind of weak temperament, especially gun or game shyness, aggressiveness, nervousness, fear biter.
  • Over – or undershot bite, wry mount, missing teeth other than P1, the canines being set too narrow.
  • Entropion, ectropion, differently colored eyes.
  • Innate kinky or stumpy tail.
  • Faulty pigment.

N.B:  Male animals must have two apparently normal developed testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

breedstandard4When evaluating a dog, the degree to which he deviates in certain categories from the ideal conformation shall be taken into proper consideration for the final judgment. To this end, the VDD generated an evaluation form defining those evaluation criteria which take into account the categories to be evaluated under the guidelines of the Breeding Regulations.

Depending on the degree of the variation from the breed typical features, Faults shall be classified as follows:
a) Breed Prohibiting Faults
b) Severe Faults
c) Faults
d) Imperfections and Beauty Faults


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