German Wirehaired Pointers Compete in Solon Springs

National Specialty Show and Field Events Being Held This Week

SOLON SPRINGS, Wis. – Seventy-five dogs and their owners are in Solon Springs this week for the National German Wirehaired Pointer Show and Field Events.

The national specialty show has brought hundreds of dog owners from across the country to Solon Springs to show off what their dogs can do.

“I love their temperament, their personalities, their go lucky attitudes that they’re willing to do anything,” said Melissa Lembke, an exhibitor at the event. “They’re great hunting companions, great snugglers in the bed.”

These wirehaired pointer owners love their dogs.

“They’re very independent, they’re very challenging, a lot of times they’re smarter than their owners so there’s a lot to love there,” said Laura Reeves, a judge and former president of the Wirehaired Pointer Club. “Those scruffy faces, how can you not love a bearded lady or a bearded guy.”

For their whole lives, the dogs have been preparing for shows like this one.

“From the time that they come home and they’re a puppy, they have to be leash broke, they have to be taught how to stand and to gate on a lead,” said Lembke.

This week is the main event. They get to strut their stuff for the judges.

“The judge is looking at the dogs, examining them, and comparing the structure of the dog, the coat, the movement, shape of the head, shape of the body to what the written breed standard says,” said Reeves.

The top dogs in each category go home with a prize.

“They need to have good bone, good body, good rib spring, strong top line. All of those sorts of things,” said Reeves. “A cute face never hurts.”

Wirehaired pointers can get a lot of work done too. That’s why the national show also includes hunting and field competitions.

“They were designed originally to hunt fur and feather, to track wounded game, to retrieve on land and in water,” said Reeves.

Whether their dogs win or lose, the owners love coming together.

“We like to get titles on the dogs and be able to say, ‘oh yeah our dog did that, did really good.’ But it’s fun coming and being with everybody,” said Hadley Ramirez George, a junior handler at the competition.

“This is like a family reunion for us,” added Reeves.

The field competitions start Monday and continue all week at the Douglas County Wildlife Area.

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