German Shorthaired Pointer

About the Breed

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile and robust hunting dog. It is a great companion for an active family, but it needs plenty of exercise and training to stay healthy and happy. History The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) was created in Germany in the late 19th century. It was bred from various breeds such as the English Pointer, Spanish Pointer, Pudelpointer, Foxhound, and Stichelhaar to create a versatile hunting breed that could point and retrieve on both land and water. The first GSPs were imported to America in 1925. Temperament The GSP is an energetic breed with a bold personality that loves to be active. They are intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners and respond well to positive training methods. They enjoy spending time with their families but can also be independent thinkers when given the opportunity. They make excellent watchdogs due to their alertness, but they can also be friendly towards strangers if properly socialized from a young age. Ideal Home The GSP is an ideal breed for active families looking for companionship on outdoor adventures or those who have access to large spaces where the dog can run off leash safely without disturbing others or getting lost or hurt itself. These dogs are not suited for apartment living due to their high energy levels and need for plenty of exercise every day. Healthy Weight A healthy weight range for an adult GSP will depend on its height, ranging from 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg). This can vary depending on the individual dog's build so it's important to check with your veterinarian about your own pup's ideal weight range during regular checkups throughout its life span of 12-14 years averagely. Important Health Checks Regular veterinary visits are essential for any pets health but there are some specific checks which should be monitored more closely in German Shorthaired Pointers such as hip dysplasia, eye conditions including progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), thyroid issues, skin allergies including atopy/atopic dermatitis, elbow dysplasia and Von Willebrands disease (vWD). Its important that you keep up with regular vet visits so any potential health problems can be detected early before they become more serious issues later down the road. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a great choice of breed for active families looking for an outdoors companion who loves adventure just as much as snuggles indoors after long days out exploring together! With proper care these dogs have been known live up to 14 years old so its important that you stay up do date with all necessary vaccinations and health checks regularly in order keep them happy & healthy throughout their lives!

Healthy weight:

24-45 lbs

Recommended Food

Large breed dog food such as Royal Canin Golden Retriever or Hills Science Diet

Breed Colors

  • Liver & White
  • Liver & White Roan
  • Liver & White Tick
  • Liver & White Patched
  • Liver & White Patched Tick
  • Liver & Black
  • Liver & Black Roan
  • Liver & Black Tick
  • Liver & Black Patched
  • Liver & Black Patched Tick
  • Solid Liver
  • Solid Liver Roan
  • Solid Liver Tick
  • Solid Liver Patched

Ideal for owners that

  • Patient
  • Active
  • Loving
  • Loyal
  • Strong-Willed
  • Energetic
  • Dedicated
  • Intelligent
  • Responsible

Health Considerations

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Allergies
  • Eye Problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Bloat
  • Skin Infections
  • Von Willebrand Disease

This breed may be cute, but these are some of their common health issues to be aware of.

Temperment & Skills


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