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German Short-Haired Pointer

The short-haired German Pointer is a large, muscular, noble-looking dog. Energetic and affectionate, these dogs might be difficult to handle for first-time owners, but they’re a joy to be around and will make a lovely companion.

  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys walking more than two hours a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Quiet dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog

Key Facts

Life Span: 12–14 years
Weight: 25–32kg
Height: Males measure between 58–64cm and females 53–59cm
Colours: Liver, white and black
Size: Large
Kennel Club group: Gundog


Family-friendly:  5/5
Exercise needs:  5/5
Easy to train:  5/5
Tolerates being alone:  1/5
Likes other pets:  4/5
Energy level:  5/5
Grooming needs:  3/5
Shedding:  2/5
German Shorthaired Pointer running at green grass


The German Shorthaired Pointer is a gentle, loving, people-oriented dog who makes a good companion for an active family or individual who can give them the exercise, training and attention they need. They are highly attached to their owners and do not like to be left alone. They may not be reliable with small fluffy animals or unfamiliar cats although can learn to get on with their own.

German Shorthaired Pointer walking in the forest

History and Origins

Country of Origin: Germany

The German Shorthaired Pointer was created in Germany in the 17th century by crossing the Spanish Pointer with some of the early German bird dog breeds and, some historians suggest, Bloodhound. This was successful, but the new breed was heavy and slow and so in the 19th century steps were taken to improve the breed by crossing them with the English Pointer which produced a lighter, faster dog.

However, the emphasis has always been on the breed’s searching ability rather than their speed. The GSP is one of the versatile Hunt, Point and Retrieve (HPR) breeds and is happy to work on land and water. To their supporters, the German Shorthaired Pointer is the perfect, all-round gundog.

Health and Common Concerns

The short-haired German Pointer is generally a healthy breed. However, as with many breeds, they can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. Epilepsy is also seen more commonly in this breed.

Exercise Needs

The German Shorthaired Pointer is very active and needs at least two hours of daily dog exercise. In addition to this they need plenty of enrichment, brain-games, training and stimulation to prevent them getting bored and making up their own entertainment - which can include digging, chewing, hyper-activity and generally getting up to mischief!

Space requirements

This is a large country dog who needs space both indoors and out - and plenty of open countryside for exercise.

Nutrition and Feeding

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs. German Shorthaired Pointers need a balanced diet that includes the main nutrients groups and a constant supply of fresh water.

Grooming German Shorthaired Pointer

When it comes to dog grooming, the short coat of the German Shorthaired Pointer is quite coarse in texture and is a little longer underneath the tail. It is very low-maintenance, requiring just a brush through once a week.

Training German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is an intelligent, clever dog who loves working with their owners and so can be trained to a high standard. They will excel with owners who can find pet gun dog classes where they can be taught to give these active working dogs an appropriate outlet for their natural hardwired hunting behaviours.

Best Family Dog Breeds

Being affectionate and friendly the German Shorthaired Pointer makes are great dog for active, sporty families. Their activity levels and playfulness may make them too boisterous around small children.

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children, all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with each other and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

did you know?

Did You Know?

  • The German Shorthaired Pointer was originally known as the Deutscher Kurzhariger Vorstehhund.

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