German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired pointer is a breed that can be both the perfect hunting companion as well as the loving family member. Bred to hunt, it is one of the most versatile hunting breeds out there, having the ability to point and retrieve from both land and water with ease. It is also easy to groom, due to its short hair, but you will also need to provide it with vigorous exercise. This breed just loves any physical and mental challenge.

German Shorthaired Pointer Breed Information

This hunting dog came into being somewhere around the 17th century and going towards the late 19th century, after various crossing experiments. Breeders wanted an all-utility gundog that had a good nose and could also point and retrieve from any distance. It was recognized by the American Kennel Club as a breed in 1930.
This breed is very playful, and combined with its need for vigorous exercise, it won’t let you stay in the same place for too long. It is always overly enthusiastic when it comes to working and playing, and loves being around children. They tend to become unhappy and nervous if left alone for too long, being a breed that is in constant need of regular interaction and exercise. It is not an aggressive breed, and will only bark at strangers that approach its home and owners. It is very protective of its family. They love to please their family and will work really hard to do that, especially if a reward comes afterward (in terms of affection, exercise or food). They aren’t generally stubborn, and they can quickly learn new exercises. The trick is keeping them focused on their training since they can get easily bored. If you want a dog that will keep you active through most of your time, and you are not at all intimidated by its exercising requirements, this is the perfect breed for you! Be careful about your living quarters, though; this dog is mostly suited to live somewhere with an open space.
  • Activity level: 5/5 (very energetic and in need of exercise)
  • Intelligence level: 4/5 (intelligent and generally obedient)
  • Curiosity: 4/5 (generally curious but at the same time is cautious)
  • Friendliness: 4/5 (extremely friendly with family but cautious around strangers)
  • Vocal: 3/5 (medium tendency to bark)
The breed was shaped to be the all-purpose gundog. It is a well muscled and well-proportioned dog, with short hair that is slightly longer on the underside of the tail. He is only slightly smaller than a Pointer, and has a pair of dark, intelligent-looking eyes combined with a good-humored expression
  • Fur: It has a short, thick coat that is rough to the touch, but with soft, shorter and thinner spots around the head and its ears. The colors can vary from dog to dog, but they can include liver and white, white ticked, solid liver or patched and liver roan.
  • Eyes: It has medium-sized almond shaped eyes that are usually dark brown.
  • Body structure: It is a relatively tall breed, being between 1’9” and 2’1” tall at the shoulder
  • Facial features: It has a long muzzle with a slight stop. It has a pair of high-set ears that fall close to the head and teeth that meet in scissors bite. The nose is brown and equipped with large nostrils. It should have a muzzle that is equal to the size of the skull.
  • Weight: The adult Shorthaired pointer generally weighs around 45 to 70 pounds.
Health and Care
The average German Shorthaired Pointer can live for about 12 to 15 years and usually keeps in generally healthy condition. However, they are prone to certain diseases like Hip Dysplasia, Cancer, Lymphedema, Entropion, Von Willebrand’s Disease and Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus. Before acquiring this dog, owners should be aware of these diseases.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at
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