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.
Height53 to 64 cm at the shoulder
Weight45 to 70 pounds
Life Expectancy12 to 15 years
Coat ColoursBlack, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The information is for general use only. For any specific advice or queries, please consult with your veterinarian.
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