German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthairs were developed during the 17th century by crossing Hanover Hounds with Spanish Pointers. This resulted in dogs that were popular among hunters looking for versatile hunting dogs. It is thought that the English Pointer may have been used in the development of the German Shorthair as well. German Shorthaired Pointers have their roots in Germany where they were developed to be excellent multi-purpose hunting dogs. They are known by a handful of different names including German Shorthaired Pointers, GSPs, German Shorthaired Pointing Dogs, German Shorthairs, Deutsch Kurzhaars and Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhunds.

GSPs are medium-sized dogs that can weigh between 45 and 70 pounds upon maturity. They have a short coat that comes in a variety of colors including liver and white, liver, liver roan, liver ticked, or white ticked. The muzzle should be somewhat square-shaped with a liver or brown nose. The eyes of the German Shorthair are almond-shaped and dark brown in color. The floppy ears hang down to just below the jowls. The body of the GSP is thick and muscular, and the legs are long and sturdy. The tail can be left long; however, most GSP breeders choose to dock their puppies' tails. The shorthaired German Pointer is medium-sized, compact dog that was bred to hunt with great agility. It can run tirelessly for hours and loves to hunt and trail. It has large ears and a short tail. Its coat is short and needs minimal care. Personality: German Shorthairs are energetic, good-natured dogs that require a lot of space to play and run. These dogs are great for kids of all ages; however, they may not get along with such household pets as cats, rabbits, birds or rodents. They are happiest when they are kept busy and often become destructive when bored or left alone too long. If you are looking for a great hunting dog, companion or family pet, why not consider a German Shorthaired Pointer? Not only are these dogs excellent with kids, but they are terrific hunting dogs as well. However, if you choose to bring a GSP into your home, be prepared to provide it with plenty of exercise. The German Shorthaired Pointer is an active, friendly dog breed that needs a lot of exercise. If it doesn't get sufficient exercise it gets frustrated and mischievous. It's very affectionate with its family and likes children a lot. It's a gentle breed that can bark a lot but is normally friendly towards other dogs and strangers.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Function
Life Span
12-15 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
German Shorthaired Pointers, GSPs, German Shorthaired Pointing Dogs, German Shorthairs, Deutsch Kurzhaars, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhunds, German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
19-25 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
41 - 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Docked
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

GSPs are medium-sized dogs that can weigh between 45 and 70 pounds upon maturity. They have a short coat that comes in a variety of colors including liver and white, liver, liver roan, liver ticked, or white ticked. The muzzle should be somewhat square-shaped with a liver or brown nose. The eyes of the German Shorthair are almond-shaped and dark brown in color. The floppy ears hang down to just below the jowls. The body of the GSP is thick and muscular, and the legs are long and sturdy.

The tail can be left long; however, most GSP breeders choose to dock their puppies' tails.

The shorthaired German Pointer is medium-sized, compact dog that was bred to hunt with great agility. It can run tirelessly for hours and loves to hunt and trail. It has large ears and a short tail. Its coat is short and needs minimal care.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

German Shorthairs are energetic, good-natured dogs that require a lot of space to play and run. These dogs are great for kids of all ages; however, they may not get along with such household pets as cats, rabbits, birds or rodents. They are happiest when they are kept busy and often become destructive when bored or left alone too long. If you are looking for a great hunting dog, companion or family pet, why not consider a German Shorthaired Pointer? Not only are these dogs excellent with kids, but they are terrific hunting dogs as well. However, if you choose to bring a GSP into your home, be prepared to provide it with plenty of exercise.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is an active, friendly dog breed that needs a lot of exercise.

If it doesn't get sufficient exercise it gets frustrated and mischievous. It's very affectionate with its family and likes children a lot. It's a gentle breed that can bark a lot but is normally friendly towards other dogs and strangers.

Appearance

Colors
Liver White
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Dense

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a low-maintenance dog that only requires an occasional bathing and brushing. Once or twice a month, you will need to check your pet's ears and clean them with the corner of a damp rag if necessary. When trimming nails, use a pliers-style clipper to trim the small hooks on each nail.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
Yes
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
Yes
Pointing Breed
Yes
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • German Shorthaired Pointers are excellent escape artists
  • As such, you will want to be sure and provide your pet with a secure yard
  • GSPs require at least an hour of intense exercise every day
  • The German Shorthair is known to bark a lot
  • Thus, if you do not like loud dogs, this is not the breed for you

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Common Health Conditions in German Shorthaired Pointers

Most German Shorthaired Pointers are healthy, resilient dogs that can live as long as 12 to 15 years or even longer. However, just as with many other breeds today, some of them do develop various genetic health issues such as those listed below: Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Skin Allergies, Gastric Torsion (Bloat), Various Eye Problems and Various Forms of Cancer.

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