Thinking about purchasing an German Shorthaired Pointer? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the German Shorthaired Pointer breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good German Shorthaired Pointer owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the German Shorthaired Pointer and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an German Shorthaired Pointer Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new German Shorthaired Pointer and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
German Shorthaired Pointer Profile
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile hunter and an all around gun dog capable of high performance in field and water. German Shorthaired Pointers are excellent watchdogs. They are one of three different breeds of the same kind: German Shorthaired Pointers, German Long-Haired Pointers, and the German Wirehaired Pointers. They prefer to live with people and should not be left alone. If they have to be kenneled, they should have a playmate. They are reliable with children and make good family pets. Exercise is vital for a well balanced dog of this breed, as they are very active and may become destructive if not exercised enough. German Shorthaired Pointers are friendly, hard working, and live long lives. They get along well with family, including children, and is quite easy to train. They love to learn and are eager to do so. German Shorthaired Pointers enjoy the water as much as the land. They can be timid, but careful breeding should solve this problem. They are expressive with their stubby tail, and enjoy their master's attention. German Shorthaired Pointers sometimes do not realize what boundaries are, and may resort to destructive behaviors if not given enough attention or exercise. They are comforting in heart and spirit, and are a good pet if given a job to do.
Other Names: German Pointer (Shorthaired), Deutscher, Kurzhaariger Vortsehund, Kurzhaar
Type: Gun Dog
Females: 21 - 23 inches; Males: 23 - 26 inches.
Solid liver, liver and white spotted, liver and white spotted and ticked;
liver and white ticked, the same variations with black instead of liver,
but not tricolor. Coat can be ticked, patched, or roan.
Shorthaired Pointers are active, responsive, gentle, affectionate, and even-tempered.
They are friendly to friends and families, although some strains are timid.
They are excellent working dogs, and love more than anything to go out with
their master and hunt. They enjoy water or land equally. German Shorthaired
Pointers are exuberant at times, with their energy abounding. They get along
well with children, and are adaptable to many different kinds of life. They
are good natured, sad if you leave, and excited when they know they've pleased
their master. They are also very alert to their surroundings.
Watch-dog: Very High.
German Shorthaired Pointers are very alert.
German Shorthaired Pointer Care
and Exercise: Minimal grooming of the German Shorthaired
Pointer should consist of brushing with a firm bristle brush and bathing only
when necessary. German Shorthaired Pointers need plenty of vigorous exercise
to keep in shape, and any prospective owners should be aware of this. They may
become destructive if bored.
Activity: Very High.
German Shorthaired Pointer Health Issues: Health problems are rare but may include hip dysplasia, entropion and epilepsy.
Life Span: 14 - 16 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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