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German Shorthaired Pointer
Outstanding Field Dog And Amiable Companion!

german shorthaired pointer Though the exact origins of the German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) are unclear, its ancestors are generally believed to include the Spanish Pointer, English Foxhounds and various German scenthounds. Later the English Pointer was introduced to the line, resulting in a faster and leaner dog.

The GSP is streamlined and well-balanced in appearance with a confident and attentive expression. The tail is partially docked and the feet of this water-loving dog are, not surprisingly, webbed!

This breed has a solid reputation as an excellent all-around field dog working on water and land. It has been used to hunt a variety of birds including pheasant and quail, as well as small animals such as raccoons and foxes.

Appearance, Coat and Care

Height: 23-25 inches
Weight: 55-70 lbs.
Color variations: Solid Liver, Liver and White, Black and White

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The coat is tight, short and thick and a modest amount of brushing will keep it in good order. A chamois is handy for rubbing down and keeping the coat shiny.

Shedding is average and normally there is only one seasonal shedding per year.

Personality and Traits:

The German Shorthaired Pointer is an even-tempered and cheerful dog. He likes to please and is happiest being included in all the family activities.

He is intelligent and loves to interact with people and be mentally challenged which makes training quite easily handled. He does not do well if isolated for very long.

The GSP is loyal, alert, affectionate and protective and makes an excellent watchdog.

Activity Level

This is a very high energy dog that needs to have regular vigorous exercise as well as the opportunity to run freely. If you are a distance runner, this breed is well-suited to this type of exercise.

Games of fetch and swimming are also very enjoyable activities for the GSP. He will appear to be hyperactive and become bored if not sufficiently exercised.

Space Needs

Best in a home with a considerable yard and secure fencing. The GSP's keen nose would lead him to seek escape routes in pursuit of any enticing scents passing by.


The GSP has a mild disposition, lots of energy and makes a great playmate for children, but as with any breed of dog, play should always be supervised by an adult.


The German Shorthaired Pointer is a wonderful loyal companion, but exercise needs would be too demanding for a sedentary family.

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german shorthaired pointer guide book for owners

New owner's guide - covers how to select a German Shorthaired Pointer, characteristics and description of the breed, preparing for and training a puppy, as well advice on daily care, maintenance, health, and dental hygiene. Also discusses history of the breed, the sport of hunting and retrieving, and the sport of showing purebred dogs. Very useful to a new owner to understand the needs and temperament of this unique sporting dog and how to enjoy a long and happy life with a new German Shorthaired Pointer.

german shorthaired pointer guide book for owners

Covers how to feed, groom and keep your pet healthy, as well as breed-specific traits of the GSP. Also discusses how to enjoy your pet through training and activities you can do together. Authored by a breed expert and includes a special chapter on training by Ian Dunbar. Lots of full color photos!

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