The wirehair pointer is the definition of a versatile dog. They excel in the upland fields, can make water retrieves, and will go after big and small furred game. The problem is, they're not going to retrieve like a Labrador, Chessie or golden retriever -- they just don't have the coat to handle repetitive retrieves in cold water, especially if they're extremely long and difficult. Likewise, they're not going to compete with a Walker, Plott or bluetick when it comes to chasing coons, bears or cougars. While they possess the athleticism to do so and perhaps even the desire, they haven't been bred to bawl and chop on the chase/tree, which does nothing to help the hunter identify their location (of course, today's GPS units could make this point somewhat moot; but, running them with hounds could train them to bark by association).