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German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer loves wide open spaces. This breed needs a ton of exercise and room to roam. If you enjoy hiking or running, you’ll have a great companion, here. Give this dog what he needs and you’ll have a loving, devoted new member of the family. (Bonus: It doesn’t hurt that these stunning dogs look like they just stepped out of a Ralph Lauren ad).

Male: 55-70 lbs. Female: 45-60 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
These hunting dogs have tons of energy and need plenty of room to roam. They might not be the best choice for city dwellers. Take them on long hikes or runs. They even love to swim. If they don’t get enough activity, they can get frustrated and take it out on your (or your belongings). Mental stimulation is also important for German Shorthairs. They respond well to training.
Mess Factor:
Code word: shorthair. These doggies don’t shed much, though the short hair can become embedded in your furniture.
Barking and Volume:
This breed likes to make its voice heard!
Training Requirements:
This intelligent, energetic breed loves to please its owners. If it’s going to be a family dog, give it a simple puppy class to teach it the basics. If you plan to use it as a hunting dog, you might need a little more training to develop your dog’s instinctual pointing characteristic.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: Lymphedema is a major health concern, with other issues being CHD, entropion, gastric torsion, pannus and OCD. *A responsible breeder can and will minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Minimal grooming you can do at home.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class will do.
Grooming Requirements:
Overall, this breed requires minimal grooming, but there are a couple of areas to watch out for. The German Shorthair’s ear shape and fold make the breed susceptible to ear infections, so their ears need to be cleaned regularly. You’ll also need to brush them occasionally, especially in times of heavier shedding.
Kid Compatibility:
Although German Shorthairs make great family dogs, they may be a little too boisterous for small children.
10-12 years
Friendliness: Towards Animals
German Shorthairs are generally good with other dogs and animals, especially when raised with them. However, you may want to watch them around small mammals—their hunting instinct may make them a little aggressive.
Friendliness: Towards People
Talk about totally devoted to you—these dogs love companionship and easily become a part of your family. They may give strangers the cold shoulder at first, but give them time and they’ll warm up.
BE PREPARED FOR: A dog that needs a ton of exercise and room to roam, but one who is a happy, loving member of your family.

Links and Resources:
German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America
National German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue
Most large cities have their own rescue organizations for the breed.
German Shorthair Pointer in the Pool

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