German Shorthaired Pointer Dog Breed Information


German Shorthaired Pointer Quick Facts
German Shorthaired Pointer
Breed Group: Sporting
Origen: Germany
Nickname: GSP, DK
Weight: 45-70 lbs
Height: 21-25 inches
Color(s): Liver or combinations of liver and white


German Shorthaired Pointer Appearance

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium handsome dog, with a smart expression. He is an all purpose close working gundog that combines agility, power and endurance. It is square or slightly longer than tall with a deep chest, straight back and a lean head. His eyes are almond shape and his brown nose is large. He has wide drop ears that are high set. The tail is docked and is carried down when relaxed or horizontal when moving.

The German Shorthaired Pointer coat is short and coarse. The colors are liver or combination of liver and white. The weight of the German Shorthaired Pointer is around 45-70 pounds and the height is around 21-25 inches.

German Shorthaired Pointer Temperament

The German Shorthaired Pointer is an active dog that can become frustrated an destructive if not given ample daily exercise. They are one of the most energetic breeds that need both mental and physical exercise and are happy when able to hunt and hike. They love interaction with humans and are suitable pets for active families. The German Shorthaired is friendly, intelligent, and willing to please and is a devoted family pet. The breed generally gets along well with other dogs, and family pet, although is not well suited for small household animals such as rabbit or cats because of his strong hunting instinct. Both with training, however, the family dog should be able to discern what prey is and what is not, and they can live quite amicably with other family pets.

Is German Shorthaired Pointer the Right Dog Breed for You?

The German Shorthaired Pointer is not recommended for apartment life and will do best with at least an average-sized yard. This active dog was bred to be an active hunting companion an needs a long daily walk or jog to be on its best behavior. They may be able to jump any fence that is lower than 6 feet tall. They like water and will swim if given the chance. He is physically able to live outside in mild weather but is best when allowed to live inside the house with access to a yard.

German Shorthaired Pointer Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the German Shorthaired Pointer is around 12-15 years.

German Shorthaired Pointer Health problems

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associated with them are lymphedema, CHD (Canine hip dysplasia), entropion, gastric torsion, epilepsy and hypothyroidism. The German Shorthaired Pointer high levels of activity require the breed to drink considerable amounts of water to prevent dehydration. Early symptoms of dehydration show itself as thick saliva and urine with an excessively strong and distinct smell.

German Shorthaired Pointer Care and Grooming

The German Shorthaired Pointer smooth coat is relatively easy to groom. Brush them occasionally to remove dead hair with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing you will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. Their ears should be check at least ones a week to avoid infections. Check the feet also, especially after the dog has been exercising or working.

German Shorthaired Pointer Shedding

The German Shorthaired Pointer is an average shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.