German dog breed blamed for toddler death

A 14-month-old girl has died after being mauled by her family's German Wirehaired Pointer.
A 14-month-old girl has died after being mauled by her family's German Wirehaired Pointer.

A closer look the German Wirehaired Pointer - the dog recently responsible for killing a 14-month girl after biting her in country Victoria

* One of the most popular dogs in Germany today, they were originally bred in the country during the late 1800s as a gun dog skilled at hunting

*The medium - large-sized dog's wiry and water-resistant outer coat is ideal for protecting against the harsh elements of the German countryside

*Other distinct features include a hairy beard and moustache that engulf the dog's muzzle, and floppy ears

*They do not make suitable apartment dogs as they are extremely active and require daily vigorous exercise. May go roaming if left to their own devices

*Intelligent and even tempered, they love human companionship and make loyal family pets. They are affectionate and require constant attention and may get depressed, or resort to destructive chewing if left alone for prolonged periods

*To help them behave appropriately with young children it is advised they frequently interact with them while still a puppy. Generally better paired with older children

*Protective of their family, they make watchful guard dogs and may try to dominate other animals

*Life expectancy is good and relatively long averaging between 12 -14 years

Australian Associated Press