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German Shorthaired Pointer Dog Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

Meet the German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP)!

The German Shorthaired Pointer Dog is a multipurpose hunting dog that just happens to also be a perfect family dog as well.

These guys are…

Smart, energetic and capable of thinking on their own so you’re not always going to find them underfoot waiting for you to tell them what to do.


These guys are almost loyal to a fault.  The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) will be your friend to the very end.  He loves children and feels very protective of them.  Which is why, you may notice that you may seem to always be on alert, ever vigilant of anything that doesn’t look right and needing to be further investigated.

All of these factors…

Plus, many more are what make the GSP a perfect watch dog.  But is he going to be the “right” kind of dog for you?

This is the real…

Question that we want to hopefully help you answer today in our article about the German Shorthaired Pointer.  Because while there is little doubt that these animals are great, their high energy requirements and their somewhat short fuse with other furry little creatures already living in your home might make these guys a “poor” choice for you.

This is why…

WE wanted to take a moment and discuss what it might be like to actually own a German Shorthaired Pointer so that if you’re ever given the opportunity to actually own one of these guys you’ll know for sure if it’s a good idea.

So, without further ado, let’s dive right in.

German Shorthair Pointer Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Germany

Original Purpose:  General hunting

Height: 21 to 25 inches tall

Weight: 45 to 70 pounds

Lifespan: 12 to 18 years

Dog Breed Classification: Sporting group

Origin of the German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is the product of literally centuries of cross breeding that occurred within German all throughout the 17th and 18th century.

It was during this time…

That German sportsmen experimented by crossing Spanish Pointers with multiple types of trailing hounds in an effort to produce a do that could not only tail an animal on land, but also be able to “point” out the hunted prey and retrieve them from the water.

Eventually in 1883…

Two exceptional dogs that went by the names of Nero and Treff were able to distinguish themselves at the German Derby which lead to the basis of what would later become known as the German Shorthaired Pointer dog breed.

Shortly thereafter…

The breed was eventually introduced into the United States in the early 1920’s which ultimately led to them being officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1930.

Physical Characteristics of the German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a mid-sized dog, not big by any means, but has a very muscular physique.  This is why you may find yourself thinking that these guys are actually bigger than they really are.


A healthy GSP will be rather lean and strong and generally weighs between 40 to 70 pounds.  Giving him a rather muscular look, which will be even further accentuated by his flat and course coat.

A coat that is…

Usually ticked or spotted, and can come in many shades of white and brown but also sometimes in shades of other colors such as:

  • Black,
  • Red,
  • Orange,
  • Or tan and lemon.

They’ll also have a…

Tail that will be cropped and according to their breed standard, should never more than a few inches in length.


Like many of the hounds that went into creating this breed, the German Shorthaired Pointer will have rather large and “floppy” ears which look quite distinguished upon his head.

German Shorthaired Pointer grooming concern

One thing that you need to be aware of when it comes to the German Shorthaired Pointer is that these guys tend to shed a lot!  So, there could be a lot of rough hair strewn across the house unless you brush his coat regularly – at least once a week.

To avoid this issue….

Just be sure to give him a quick brush a least once a week and try to give him a good bath every month. That’s all you need to do to take care of the Pointer Dog.

Comparison breeds

The German Shorthair Pointer Dog is a close cousin of the German Wirehaired Pointer. He shares a lot in common with dog breeds such as:

  • Flat-Coated Retriever,
  • English Setter Spaniel,
  • German Shepherd,
  • Bull Terrier,
  • Lagotto Romagnolo,
  • Labrador Retriever
  • and the Curly-Coated Retriever.

German Shorthaired Pointer personality and temperament

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a very lively, energetic dog that has a tendency to barks a lot.  Which is great, it your looking for a fun and active dog that can make a great watchdog because these guys can be trained to do just about anything!


He loves children.  And is very protective of them.  So, you can be sure that your kids are safe with him. Kids adore him too; he makes for a perfect playmate.

He also has…

A very lovable and charming personality and is a joy to be with. That’s what makes him such an adorable pet.  He is easy to train; as long as the training and socialization start early.

But remember…

Anytime that you have a smart an active dog on your hands, you’re always going to want to provide him or her with the physical stimulation that they need otherwise, you may have a very destructive dog on your hands.

Now this isn’t…

Because these dogs are purposely destructive or mischievous, they’re just looking for ways to entertain themselves and many times, what a two-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer finds entertaining isn’t necessarily going to “mesh” well with what you find as appropriate behavior.


Just be sure that if you are thinking about adopting a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy or better yet adopting a German Shorthaired Pointer rescue dog that you are ready to commit to at least one or two daily walks so that he or she has an opportunity to stretch their legs!

German Shorthaired Pointer health concerns

The German Shorthaired Pointer Dog is one of the healthiest dog breeds out there, and we are not exaggerating. He is really a very healthy dog and it’s rare for him to catch an illness or ailment.

That said however…

There are some genetic conditions that do seem to be linked to the GSP breed that you should be aware of.  Conditions such as:

And while…

Some of these medical conditions may not be life threatening, they may still be quite expensive to treat particularly if they become chronic or reoccurring issues.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.

Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?

For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.

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