German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer

This dog is loyal and athletic and is happiest in an active lifestyle. They do best with an authoritative figure and a structured lifestyle.

Breed Overview

Originating in Germany during the 1600s, this pointing and hunting dog is one of the most versatile of all hunting breeds. They are pointers, retrievers, trailers, and even have the abilities to capture the game. They are intelligent, eager to please, friendly, loyal, outgoing, and dependable dogs. These hard workers require daily exercise, both mental and physical. They are energetic and require at least an hour of exercise every day or they may become frustrated. They are ideal dogs for active singles, families with older children, suburban dwellers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Grooming needs are minimal so an occasional brushing to remove dead hair is beneficial.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Breed Details & Traits

Height: Male: 23-25"; Female: 21-23"
Weight: Male: 55-70 lb; Female: 45-60 lb
Lifespan: 12-14 years

Breed Traits

Active, Energetic, Sensitive, Sporting group,

Health Concerns

Common Health Concerns for German Shorthaired Pointer:
Less Common Concerns for German Shorthaired Pointer:
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