German Shorthaired Pointer
Outstanding Field Dog And Amiable Companion!

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 scent hounds. 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.

Characteristics of the German Shorthaired Pointer

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.

German Shorthaired pointer standing in the water weeds

Physical Stats And Care

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

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

Shedding is average and normally there is only one seasonal shedding per year when shedding will be much heavier and more frequent coat attention will be needed to avoid a hairy mess around the home.

Nails should be trimmed short and teeth cleaned as often as can be managed.

German short-haired pointer

Activity Level of the GSP

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.

Important Note: He will become hyperactive, possibly destructive and will definitely become bored if not sufficiently exercised. The GSP needs lots of activity.

Ideal Living Space

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.

He has a very strong prey drive!

Suitable Breed For Children?

Even though the GSP has a good disposition, he is very active and rambunctious in his physical behavior which would most likely be overwhelming for very young children.

On the other hand, older children would find him a great playmate and he would enjoy all their games.

As with any breed of dog, play should always be supervised by an adult.

Senior Or Less Active Families

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

This breed definitely needs a strong leader and an active lifestyle.

Further Reading

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german shorthaired pointer guide book
german shorthaired pointer dog breed book

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