The German Shorthaired Pointer is an all-terrain dog. German Shorthaired Pointers can do almost any job. These dogs have served in the Air Force to detect bombs, and one was even elected pet mayor of Montclair, California!
This breed is incredibly versatile, but they particularly excel as game hunters and water retrievers: Their webbed feet help this breed move through the water. The “pointer” part of their name refers to the arrow-like stance they assume when they spot their prey. These boisterous dogs have lots of energy and work in tracking, pointing, hunting, and even pulling sleds.
Originally from Germany, this medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 45-70 pounds and lives an average of 12-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting group.
|Breed's original pastime||Hunting|
|Average lifespan||12-13 years|
|Date of origin||1600s|
|Original function||Bird flushing and retrieving|
|Today's function||Bird flushing and retrieving|
|Average size of male||Height: 23-25 Weight: 55-70|
|Average size of female||Height: 21-23 Weight: 45-60|
|Other name||German pointer (shorthaired)|
|Energy level||High energy|
|Affection level||Very affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Shy|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Friendly|
|Ease of training||Moderately easy to train|
|Protection ability||Moderately protective|
|Grooming needs||Low maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Medium tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
This breed is very intelligent, highly affectionate, and wants to play. They like to be with you but also have an independent spirit. This is a family-friendly dog who'll do better with active older kids; their enthusiasm means they do best with supervised children. Play with other pets is not recommended.
WHAT IS GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
We don't like to use the word “hyper,” but this is definitely a dog on the go. Your German Shorthaired Pointer needs regular, rigorous exercise and room to stretch his legs.
This breed is vigilant and moderately protective. Some tend to be vocal.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER?
This smarty-paws likes challenges and is very trainable but needs lots of exercise and consistent, patient training. German Shorthaired Pointers are athletic and built for jumping, so it's no surprise they excel in dog sports.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
This breed's short, thick single coat is flat and water-resistant which helps to regulate its body temperature.
A German Shorthaired Pointer's coat repels water and dirt which make them relatively easy to groom. However, this dog is a profuse shedder — its hair is wiry and can be hard to get out of clothing and upholstery. They also blow their coat seasonally, at which point there will be even more hair on your clothes and furniture. Brushing weekly and occasional baths will help keep the dust-doggies at bay.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTERS HAVE?
This is a generally healthy breed. Rarely, German Shorthaired Pointers will develop hip dysplasia or joint problems.