The German Shorthaired Pointer can do almost any job. They are great hunters. The Air Force has used this breed to detect bombs. They are avid game hunters and water retrievers. They also excel at dog sports.
Originally from Germany, the low-maintenance breed is moderately easy to train.
A versatile hunting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer can point birds and also hunt rabbits and raccoons. It can trail deer and retrieve on land or from water. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a great hunting dog – but for an active family he is also a great family pet. Affectionate and friendly, this breed is very energetic and highly intelligent. Alert and protective, the German Shorthaired Pointer is also an excellent watchdog.
Overview of the German Shorthaired Pointer
A male German Shorthaired Pointer will stand 23 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 55 and 70 pounds. Females are smaller. They stand about 21 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 45 to 60 pounds. Their average lifespan is between 12 and 14 years. Their coat is solid liver (a reddish brown color), or liver and white in distinctive patterns.
This breed will hunt many different types of game, and will retrieve on land or from water. The German Shorthaired Pointer is also an affectionate companion that needs plenty of vigorous exercise.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a very versatile dog that demands much of your energy and attention. If you do not have at least an hour or two to devote to exercise or walking on a daily basis, the German Shorthaired Pointer is not a good choice for you. These dogs require daily activity that gets their hearts pumping.
A German Shorthaired Pointer is not a good choice if you live in an apartment.
If you love the great outdoors and you enjoy having your dog with you, a German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent companion for a long hike or run. Or, teach him how to run alongside you when you go for a bicycle ride.
This breed is people oriented. He loves spending time with his family and is very loyal and protective.
The German Shorthaired Pointer does not do well when left alone for long periods of time. If your German Shorthaired Pointer does not get enough exercise and attention, it is likely that both you and he will be very unhappy. A bored German Shorthaired Pointer who does not get sufficient exercise will get into destructive behaviors like digging up the yard, climbing fences to escape, barking and chasing small animals and pets.
This energetic and intelligent breed is enthusiastic at work and play. They love to run and hike. They also love to swim and they’re built for it with webbed feet and a water-resistant coat.
Personality of the German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a very active dog, but once all of his exercise needs have been taken care of, he is a calm house dog that loves to be a member of the family. He has excellent manners, and he is loyal and fearless. The German Shorthaired Pointer bonds firmly to his family. He enjoys playing with children and will happily play all day. He also enjoys some good couch time with you and is a very loving companion.
The German Shorthaired Pointer likes to be with people and is great with children (although he can be a bit rambunctious with smaller children). He doesn’t like being left home alone for long periods of time. If he is not given regular exercise and companionship, he can become nervous and destructive.
Highly intelligent, the German Shorthaired Pointer learns quickly at an early age. Start training your puppy the day you bring him home. If you wait until he is six months old to begin training you will be dealing with a much more headstrong dog.
Your German Shorthaired Pointer is very protective of his family. He will bark to warn you of strangers on your property, but he is usually not aggressive towards humans and other dogs. He will, however, chase after cats, birds and other small animals.
The German Shorthaired Pointer can have a mind of his own. Because he is big, muscular, strong and enthusiastic, he needs to be trained to behave around children and other household pets.
This breed is always up for physical activities like running or swimming.
What people love about the German Shorthaired Pointer
There are so many things to love about the German Shorthaired Pointer. This is a loyal, loving dog who loves being part of a family. He will be content to sit with you on the couch and spend some quality time with you. The German Shorthaired Pointer also loves children and he enjoys playing with them for as long as they want to play. He is enthusiastic, playful and smart.