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April 6, 2013

Meet the Breed: The German Shorthaired Pointer

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  • Height: 21"- 25”
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Historical function: Versatile hunting companion, watchdog, family companion
  • Modern function: Hunting and family companion
  • AKC classification: Sporting

Physical Characteristics:

The German Shorthaired Pointer is an athletic, agile, beautifully built dog with a short, dense coat. This coat can be solid liver but is often liver colored with patterns of white ticking over the body. Sometimes the coat is largely white on the body with liver ticking. Generally the head is liver. The feet are webbed.

History of the Breed:

The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) was developed in Germany crossing various scent hounds, the German Bird Dog, and eventually introduced the English Pointers into the breed to create an elegant and highly-skilled versatile hunting dog. The GSP also made a good family dog and watchdog. The breed was accepted into the AKC in 1930.


The GSP is one of the most energetic hunting dogs. They are highly intelligent and eager to please their owners. If this dog's exercise needs are not met, they can become destructive and high strung. Not recommended for apartment life and needs a 6-foot fence with a large yard to contain this inquisitive bundle of energy.

  • Best suited for: Active families willing to include this high-energy dog on adventures. Makes an excellent jogging companion.
  • Preferred living conditions: This dog prefers to be with their family. Likes order and consistency. Shows their true calling when hunting.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: Easy-care short coat does shed moderately but only requires weekly brushings.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk, or jogging.
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years.
  • Health concerns: Usually healthy but some lines may be prone to epilepsy and hip dysplasia.

Breed Club Links: German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America Perfect Pairings:
This athletic dog requires plenty of fresh water, particularly during exercise. To prevent dehydration, consider one of our travel bowls or water bottles.

Have any stories about a German Shorthaired Pointer? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Geraint Morgan.

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