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German Shorthaired Pointer – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium to Large
Weight: 45 to 70 pounds
Height: 21 to 25 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a German Shorthaired Pointer, Dog Breed Guide your pets come first paw iconOfficial Name
German Shorthaired Pointer
Other Name – Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund your pets come first paw iconOrigin
Date – 19th Century / Country – Germany
Family / Group – Gun Dog, Sporting your pets come first paw iconRecognized By
Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc. your pets come first paw iconHistory
The German shorthaired pointer was developed in the 19th century. They can trace their roots from the ancient German bird dog, a pointer typed breed probably descended from Spanish pointers, local scent-hounds, and English pointers. The breed was first developed as an all-around dog that could point a trail at night and retrieve on land or in water. The dog first arrived in the U.S. in the 1920s and quickly became popular as a hunter and companion. your pets come first paw iconPersonality
The German shorthaired pointer is intense and enthusiastic. It is very friendly, especially with children, and hard working. It is trainable and exuberant. your pets come first paw iconBred For
They are show dogs, obedience competition athletes, gundog, retrieving, tracking trials, field trials, and hunting tests. your pets come first paw iconEnvironment
German Shorthaired Pointers are dogs that are not recommended for apartment life. The three varieties do best with a large yard and an active, athletic family. your pets come first paw iconGrooming
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to groom and are average shedders. your pets come first paw iconTraining
Eager to learn but training can be a bit tough for their instinct to roam and tendency to become bored. your pets come first paw iconHealth
Some lines of the German Shorthaired Pointers are prone to epilepsy, hip dysplasia, hermaphrodism, and lymphedema. Some minor concerns are CHD, entropion, gastric torsion, VWD, pannus, OCD. your pets come first paw iconExercise
This dog is extremely energetic and tireless. It is very important that it gets daily vigorous exercise to prevent it from becoming high-strung with extreme indoor restlessness. This breed can be a challenge for even the most active family and they should not be taken on as a family pet unless they can guarantee plenty of daily vigorous exercise.