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The Delaware Valley German Wirehaired Pointer Club was established in 1968 by a few dedicated owners of the breed. The purpose of the club is and was to promote and protect this fine breed.

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a member of the "Versatile" Hunting Dog, which were breed in Germany to assist their owner in finding game. The Del-Val is dedicated to keeping this versatility alive and well in our breed. The club hosts three AKC Field Trials every year (two horseback and one walking) and generally one or two AKC Hunting Tests. We also support entries at two dog shows a year and hold a Specialty Show where the club donates trophies and special prized to the winners.

Our membership ranges from avid "shower" to hunters, trailers and obedience exhibitors. We have members who have therapy dogs and just good old pets.

As a member of the club you will receive the Versatile, our club newsletter. In it you will find informative articles on the care and training of your GWP and be kept up to date on the doings of the membership. It is published every other month.

Benefits to belonging to a breed club are many. Wither a breed as small in number as the GWP, it is especially important. A lost or found GWP can often be reunited with its family quicker when club members are notified. Living with a GWP is often made easier when you can contact others in the breed to talk over training problems. We have all been there.

We invite you to join the Delaware Valley German Wirehaired pointer Club and take advantage of its many offerings

What is the VDD?

Those who have been involved with German Wirehaired Pointers for a long time, will recognize the initials VDD, and know what they stand for. For those newer to the breed, you may have heard the GWP described as a DD or Deutche Drahthaar and may wonder what this is all about. Hopefully, the following article will answer some of your questions and dispell many rumors about this organization.

The Verein Deutsch Drahthaar (VDD)is a breed organization , similar to the GWPCA. It is not an AKC club, but rather is a member club of the FCI, a registry used in most of Europe. Started in 1902 by a group of German sportsmen, the VDD presently has over 10,000 members divided among thirty-four groups in many countries, including Canada, and the United States. The club in the US is known as VDD/GNA (Group North America.)

The VDD has their own working and conformation tests, and also has a set of breeding regulations. In keeping with the theory of "through performance to standard" the VDD has developed their own grading system which governs their breeding regulations

VDD/AKC? Unfortunately there are several rules that prohibit VDD registered dogs being bred to AKC registered dogs. Dog born and registered in Europe can be AKC registered, but dogs bred here in the US and registered with the VDD cannot be registered with the AKC. Only dogs registered with the FCI can be bred together. Confused?

When the DD was accepted into the AKC registry in the 1950's the club was asked to "Anglicize" the name. Deutch (German) Draahthaar (Wirehair) .

The German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America is a member club of the American Kennel Club, not a member of the FCI.

If you want to participate in any AKC programs (showing, field trials, obedience, hunting tests etc.) than your dog must be registered with the AKC. If you wish to test your dogs field abilities within the VDD system, then your dog must be registered with them. NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) will test dogs registered with either.

There are wonderful dogs to be had in both organizations and we are not here to tell you "ours" are better than "theirs". Each potential owner needs to do their homework, talk to as many breeders as possible and then choose the dog and program that works best for them. We hope you will take the time to learn more about the heritage of this fine breed, and always keep the best interest of the breed in your mind and in your heart.