The GWA deems both the AKC GWPCA Standard and World Canine Organization (FCI) Standard (group 7, Pointing Dogs, Deutsch Drahthaar (98)) as acceptable standards for measuring individual conformity to breed type. While the two standards do share some minor differences, the GWA does not feel that any of these differences are significant enough to warrant a firm stance on either standard. The GWA has chosen to adopt the FCI standard's description of fault severity, as shown below, as this outlines a very logical method for categorizing fault severity. Regardless of the standard used to measure the dog, the fault severity outline below will apply to all alliance wirehairs.
Any departure of the foregoing points (AKC GWPCA Standard or FCI Standard) must be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
- 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 in movement
- Pacing permanently when stepping or trotting, stiff or mincing gait.
- Sparce coat, lacking undercoat
- Any kind of weak temperament, especially gun or game shyness, aggressiveness, nervousness, fear biter
- Over or undershot bite, wry mouth, missing teeth other than P1, the canines being set too narrow
- Entropion, ectropion, differently colored eyes
- Innate kinky or stumpy tail
- Faulty pigment
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Male animals must have two apparently normally developed testicles fully descended into the scrotum.