Breeder's Next Litter Waitlist Form

If you would like to join this breeder's waitlist of their next litter, please fill up the fields below:

German Shorthaired Pointer

Loyal, intelligent and enthusiastic

About the German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer lives and breathes for their owner – these versatile, hardworking dogs have all the qualities necessary to fill any role their master needs. They’re astoundingly loyal and loving dogs, and are equally at home on the couch or in the field hunting game.

The ideal owner for this breed will live an active life, one where they take their dog on lots of outdoor adventures. These dogs have energy in spades, and for those who love to run and hike, the German Shorthaired Pointer is sure to put a smile on your dial.

They may be a little too intense during play with young children, but that’s only because they’re so excited and happy to be involved in family activities. They’re just as affectionate and loving as companion dogs, but with all the energy of a premiere working breed.

german shorthaired pointer lying on bed

German Shorthaired Pointer Breed Characteristics

53 to 64 cm at the shoulder

45 to 70 pounds

Life Expectancy
12 to 15 years

Coat Colours
Black, white, black roan, liver, liver roan

Here are some of the qualities you can expect from the German Shorthaired Pointer, rated from one to five stars. However, all dogs are individuals, and your dog may not display exactly the same characteristics.

Family Life
Friendly with Kids
Friendly with Dogs
Ease of Grooming
Exercise Needs
Prey Drive
Tendency to Bark or Howl
Good for Novice Owners
Apartment Living

German Shorthaired Pointer Breed History

The story of the German Shorthaired Pointer begins in 18th century Germany. German hunters desired an all-purpose dog that excelled at everything a hunter could ask for, and they spent a great deal of time and effort developing the breed.

They bred one of their existing dog breeds, the German Bird Dog, with various pointer breeds from England. The German Bird Dog was already a product of crosses between Bloodhounds and other pointer breeds, but the new German Shorthaired Pointer would be somewhat smaller and more agile.

The German Shorthaired Pointer was an outstanding success – after all, it’s athletic, trainable, and stylish all in one breed. Not only that, they proved to be ideal companion dogs for families, as they turned out to have a loyal and affectionate temperament.

Today this breed remains one of the best hunting breeds anyone could ever want, but sees more action during field trials and competitions. Its popularity is solidified and the GSP makes an excellent pet for any experienced dog lover.

Caring For a German Shorthaired Pointer

How to Choose a Responsible German Shorthaired Pointer Breeder

Owning a dog is a commitment for their entire life, which means that choosing the right breeder will be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make for your dog. Responsible German Shorthaired Pointer breeders should be your only option, as they will be able to produce healthy and even-tempered puppies.

Speak to your breeder and ask whether they’re part of any breeding organisations. These types of organisations will often have a set of standards that they enforce to ensure that the dogs are well-treated and all breeding is done ethically and responsibly.

German Shorthaired Pointer FAQ

No. German Shorthaired Pointers thrive on human contact and need a lot of mental stimulation and attention throughout the day. 

Yes! They’re capable of adjusting to almost any need of their owners, even if they aren’t used as hunting dogs. What they do need is sufficient exercise and stimulation – if you can give your dog that attention they crave and ample opportunity for enrichment, they’ll be wonderful house pets.

Dog Breeds Similar to the German Shorthaired Pointer

The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.

RPBA Member Badge

How to Become a Responsible Breeder



Within 24 Hours You’ll Hear Back From Us



Our In-house Veterinarian Reviews Your Photos & Application



Follow The RPBA Code of Ethics & Access RPBA-Member Benefits

Members of our community get free access to...

RPBA Sample Pet Contracts

Sample Pet Contracts
($1200+ value)

RPBA Exclusive Discounts

Exclusive Discounts
($980+ value)

RPBA Educational Breeder Checklists​

Educational Breeder

RPBA Certified Custom Badge

Certified Custom

Protected by breeder verification

Example of member discounts

RPBA have partnered with well known pet brands to offer discounts for puppy essentials, supplements, training, toys, and much more. Here is a preview of just some of the many RPBA member-exclusive discounts:

Orivet Genetic Pet Care​ Discount

Orivet Genetic Pet Care

Black Hawk Discount

Black Hawk Food

Greenbah Pet Supplies Discount

Greenbah Pet Supplies

Pampered Paws Discount

Pampered Paws Pet Products
Pet Mat Discount