AKC Breed Group: Sporting
Other Registries: AKC (Sporting); ANKC (Gundogs); CKC (Sporting); FCI (Pointing Dogs); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog)
German Shorthaired Pointer Overview
In the effort to create an all-purpose hunting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer was created as a combination of Bird Dog and English Pointers. The breed was originally shorter and had a stockier body, but inclusion of pointer breeds changed the German Shorthair into what it is now, a dog that excels both on land and in water.
German Shorthaired Pointer Characteristics
The characteristic traits of the German Shorthaired Pointer include its docked tail and liver spotted body coloration. Other colors may exist and natural tails are becoming more common as owners move away from docking. Hunting stock dogs still maintain the docked tail to prevent it from catching and breaking when out in the fields.
German Shorthaired Pointer Temperament
German Shorthaired Pointers are happy, friendly dogs. They do well in families, especially with children. They are eager to please and happy to do just about any task, as long as it is with their favorite people. As puppies, they may be more active, but will calm with proper training and patience.
German Shorthaired Pointer Care
12 to 15 years is the average lifespan of a German Shorthaired Pointer, slightly aboveaverage for breeds their size. They have a few common genetic disorders including epilepsy, dip dysplasia and Von Willebrand’s disease, a bleeding order. Like other large breeds, they can be prone to bloat or Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV) as well as eye and ear infections.
German Shorthaired Pointer Coat
The short coat of the German Shorthaired Pointer is very easy to maintain. Regular brushing or rubdowns with a glove will help remove dead hair and decrease shedding. Proper grooming will also keep the skin under the Shorthair’s short coat dandruff free. German Shorthairs are also prone to ear infections due to their dropped ears, so regular cleaning and inspection is wise.
German Shorthaired Pointer Training
German Shorthair Pointers are happy and eager to please, making them relatively easy to train. However, he may quickly lose interest, especially as a puppy with a shorter attention span. Keeping training interesting to him and allowing him to please his owner are key to training him.
German Shorthaired Pointer Activity
German Shorthairs are a very active breed and need large amounts of exercise. This can be done in traditional roles such as field and hunting trials, or with long runs and hikes. Simple short walks will not be enough to let all the energy inside be worked on.