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German Short-Haired Pointer

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
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Quiet dog
  • Welcomes everyone happily
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training

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

Ratings

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

Personality

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.

did you know?

Did You Know?

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

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