German Shorthaired Pointer Puppies

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The Affectionate and Intelligent German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile hunting dog that also makes a wonderful household pet for active families. These dogs are known for their intelligence and boundless energy. They also make great watch dogs due to their alert and protective nature.

German Shorthaired Pointer At a Glance

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German Shorthaired Pointer At a Glance

  • Size: 21"-25", 45-70 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 10-14 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat: Short and coarse
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Sporting
  • Common Nicknames: GSP

German Shorthaired Pointer Breed Guide

Learn More About German Shorthaired Pointers

  • Temperament

    German Shorthaired Pointers are affectionate, intelligent, and cooperative dogs that love to retrieve. They are extremely active, and can become frustrated and destructive if not given enough mental and physical stimulation. However, when given enough exercise, the German Shorthaired Pointer is generally calm and makes a great house dog. These dogs thrive on being around people and do not like being left alone for long periods of time, and may develop separation anxiety if left by themselves too often or for too long. Training these dogs isn't challenging because they are fast learners, but some GSPs may require more patience than others during training. Over all, the German Shorthaired Pointer makes a devoted, lovable family pet.

  • Health

    German Shorthaired pointers are a sturdy breed, but can be prone to conditions like hip dysplasia, eye conditions, and certain heart disesases.

  • Activity Level

    German Shorthaired Pointers are very active, and if they are not given adequate mental and physical stimulation, they might become bored and destructive. The more exercise, the better. Once they're tired out, though, these dogs are typically quiet and make excellent house dogs.

  • Grooming

    To properly care for your German Shorthaired Pointer's coat you should brush it weekly with a brush or rubber mit. This will keep their skin and coat healthy, while also removing loose hair during heavy shedding seasons. Occasional baths using shampoo can also help decrease the amount of hair you find around the house.

  • Shedding

    German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately throughout the year, with heavier shedding seasons in the spring or fall. They may also shed more heavily in hot climates.

  • Appearance

    German Shorthaired Pointers are medium-to-large dogs with a regal demeanor and great posture. The GSP's short, silky coat of solid liver or liver and white, which can be patched, ticked, or roan, is one of its most remarkable features.

  • History

    While earlier versions of the breed originated during the 17th century, the modern German Shorthaired Pointer was developed in Germany during the mid to late 19th century for use as a multipurpose hunting dog. Most likely, the German Shorthaired Pointer was created by crossing various German scenthounds with the German Pointer, or German Bird Dog, and later with English Pointers to achieve more elegance. The German Shorthaired Pointer was officially recognized in Germany during the late 19th century, and the breed made its entrance into America in 1925. Five years later, the GSP gained recognition in the American Kennel Club (AKC). Over the following decades, the breed gained a reputation as the ideal dog for hunters due to its versatility.