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German Shorthaired Pointer Breed Summary

Active, Intelligent, Loving and Affectionate

These dogs are popular due to their excellent hunting, pointing and retrieving skills! They were imported to the UK after WW2 and have since gained a huge following!

Nowadays, they remain a popular pet and companion due to their lovely and affectionate personalities. They also do very well in canine sports, performing well in the field and the show ring!

Fun Facts: They are just as good working in the water as they are on land!

Lifespan 12 - 14 years
Height (at the withers) Males 58cm - 64cm, Females 53cm - 59cm
Weight Males 25kg - 32kg, Females 20kg - 27kg
Coat Coats are Both Short and Close Lying. They are Corse and the Hair is Slightly Longer Under the Tail
Colour Black & White, Black & White Spotted, Black & White Spotted & Ticked, Black & White Ticked, Liver & White, Liver & White Spotted, Liver & White Spotted & Ticked, Liver & White Ticked, Liver Ticked, Solid Black, Solid Liver
Eye colour Brown
Common health issues Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Eye diseases, Epilepsy, Skin diseases, Cancer, von Willebrand's Disease, Lymphedema, Bloat
Other Names GSP, DK

German Shorthaired Pointers are highly intelligent and very active, therefore, they need an owner who can provide them with lots of challenges, to stimulate them both physically and mentally. For families who are not keen on hunting (as this was their primary reason for being bred), this breed will love to accompany their 'hoomans' or walks, hikes, jogs, bike-rides – you name it they'll be there! In the evening, they'll happily curl up on the sofa next to you for some downtime. Because they love to be around their owners so much, these dogs can often suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long, so you need to make sure that at least one member of the 'hooman' pack is around for most of the day. Otherwise, you may come back to a destroyed house, which no-one wants!

These dogs were created in the mid 19th century and were bred to be multipurpose hunting dogs.  It's thought they came about by crossing Spanish Hunters and Bloodhounds – thus creating a hound-like dog with a keen nose! They specifically bred the dogs that had the best personalities, to create a well-rounded breed, as well as having the ability to work well in water as well as on land. The German Shorthaired Pointer was first known to have crossed the sea to the States in 1925 and was recognised by the American Kennel Club within just five years! WW2 did affect the breeding of these dogs for German breeders. Many were sent away for safe-keeping, but those who wanted to continue on breeding had no access to Germanys best breeding stock. They were therefore faced with rebuilding the breed from a limited gene pool. However, breeding of these dogs in the USA progressed rapidly as it still does to this day!