Dog Profiles - Description of German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer

Description: The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile hunter, an all around gun dog capable of high performance in field and water. An excellent watchdog. He prefers to live with people and should not be left alone. If he has to be kenneled he should have a playmate. He is reliable with children and makes a good family pet. Exercise is vital for a well balanced dog.

Height: 21-25 inches

Weight: 40-55 lbs.

Colors: Solid liver, liver and white spotted, liver and white spotted and ticked; liver and white ticked, the same variations with black instead of liver.

Coat: Short and flat, coarse to touch.

Temperament: Active, responsive, gentle, affectionate, even-tempered. Loves to play with children but may be too exuberant with younger ones. Good with other pets but may chase the cat. Good field sports dog and family pet. Very good watch-dog. Fair guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Minimal grooming should consist of brushing with a firm bristle brush and bathing only when necessary. Needs plenty of vigorous exercise.

Training: Loves to learn and is very trainable. He should have some form of obedience training. Patient, firm leadership are essential. Learning Rate: High, Obedience: Medium, Problem Solving: High.

Activity: Very High

Living Environment: Generally unsuited for city life. He is not the type of breed to curl up in front of the fireplace all day, he needs activity that a hunter could provide. A house with a fenced yard is mandatory.

Health Issues: Health problems are rare but may include hip dysplasia, entropion and epilepsy.

Life Span: 14-16 Years

Litter Size: 8

Country of Origin: Germany

History: He was known as early as the 17th century where he was bred as a hunting dog. It is said that the German Pointer was produced by crossing the Spanish Pointer with the Bloodhound. In 1872 he was registered in the German Kennel Club. He didn't arrive in the United States until 1925 when Dr. Charles Thornton of Montana set up a kennel of the breed. In the United States and Great Britain he is more popular than his cousin the German Wirehaired Pointer.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 7), KC(GB), UKC