Facts about German Shorthaired Pointer Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for German Shorthaired Pointer puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



German Shorthaired Pointer Information and History

The breed was developed in Germany in the second half of the 19th century. It's believed to be descended from the Spanish pointers, the English Foxhound, and local scenthounds.

The German Shorthaired Pointer was developed as an all-around hunting dog and is proficient with many different types of game, including waterfowl, quail, pheasant, coons, and deer. It's equally talented at trailing, retrieving, and pointing.

In addition to its hunting abilities, the German Shorthaired Pointer was bred to be a good family pet, equally good with adults and children.

The first German Shorthair Pointers were imported into the United States between 1890 and 1920.

Today, the breed is equally prized for its hunting abilities and for being a good family companion.

Physical Characteristics of German Shorthaired Pointer Puppies

This is a medium-size dog with a muscular body that is either square or slightly longer than it is tall.

It has sloping shoulders, powerful back, deep chest, and strong legs. The head is in proper proportion to the body and has a long muzzle, brown nose, and long drop ears. The amber eyes are almond-shaped.

The tail is usually docked, but in some countries, including Germany, the practice is either discouraged or against the law.

The coat is short, thick, and feels rough. It comes in solid liver or a combination of liver and white, liver patched and white ticked, or liver roan.

    Height Weight
  Male 23 - 25 inches 55 - 70 pounds
  Female 21 - 23 inches 45 - 60 pounds


German Shorthaired Pointers are energetic, highly intelligent, and friendly.

These dogs may be reserved with strangers but they are loyal, protective, devoted to their families, and eager to please their master. They love human company, hate being isolated, and love all family members, especially children.

They love to hunt, so take precautions around other pets, especially cats and rodents. The GSP (as the breed is also known) will do fine with other pets when raised with them from puppyhood.

Without enough exercise, the German Shorthaired Pointer may become restless, nervous, and may resort to destructive behavior.

Because of their eagerness to please, they are not difficult to train, if you can slow them down and keep them focused. Providing enough exercise will help you do that.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

This is a very active breed and is not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.

It will do best in the suburban setting with a very active owner who is firm, patient, consistent, and calm. The owner also needs to display authority and leadership to keep the dog from becoming anxious and destructive.

Some German Shorthaired Pointer breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

The German Shorthair Pointer is a very active breed and needs a lot of exercise.

It can work off the excess energy by running off leash in a safe area. Because it loves to roam and self hunt, a fenced yard will provide the most protection to your pet.

If your yard is not fenced, consider getting an electronic dog fencing. It will prevent your pet from escaping. There are a lot of good products that are cheap and easy to install.

These dogs will also enjoy and get plenty of exercise from the activity they were bred for -- hunting.

If you are into jogging or bicycle riding, this is your chance to get some exercise together, but make sure your pet is on leash.

At a minimum, take your pet for two long walks every day.

Grooming your German Shorthair Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is an average shedder is not difficult to care for.

Brush a couple of times per week with a firm bristle brush. To give the coat a shiny finish, rub it with an old towel.

Bathe only when necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the German Shorthair Pointer is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Other health concerns include hip dysplasia, skin problems, epilepsy, and eye problems, including entropion. Visit dog health problems to learn more about these diseases.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable German Shorthair Pointer breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for a healthy German Shorthaired Pointer puppy is between 12 and 16 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local German Shorthair Pointer rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this German Pointer Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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