German Shorthaired Pointer Information

APPEARANCE

The German shorthaired pointer is a dog breed with floppy ears, long and broad muzzle, and dark brown eyes. They also have strong legs and webbed feet, which allows them to move more quickly. When it comes to color, this breed can be dark brown, black, or a combination of brown and white or black and white. During winter season, these dogs can provide camouflage since its hard to spot them when they are beside broken snow and dead trees. Another advantage of this breed is that it can stay warm during cold weather. And thats because of its thick undercoat with guard hairs that makes its coat somehow water resistant.

TEMPERAMENT

Because of the dog breeds good temperament, it has been developed as a family pet and also a flexible hunter. What pet owners like about them is that they are very affectionate and can get along with children. And since they love interacting with people, they are suitable pets for families who are always on the go. They feel happier and healthier when they are with active individuals that let them walk, run, and simply play around. They have high energy so its good if they have an outlet for their liveliness. When they have unused energy, they are likely to become destructive or hyperactive, which is why they are recommended for an active home.

When it comes to training the German shorthaired pointer, pet owners will also not have a problem since they are easy to train. They are cooperative and intelligent, therefore its easier to instill in them correct behavior. Apart from that, they are also excellent watchdogs so people can feel secure when they are around.

Interacting with other pets is not much of a big deal for them, although because of their natural hunting instinct, it is not advisable for them to be around small pets like cats or rabbits. However, with proper training, they will be able to determine what is not considered as prey. With that, they will be able to live comfortably with other family pets.

PET CARE

Taking care of a German shorthaired pointer requires some energy. So if you want a dog that can thrive in outdoor activities like hiking and running, then this ones for you. Pet owners should make sure that they have a lot of human interaction to prevent negative issues from arising and to keep them psychologically healthy. However, because of their activeness, owners should make sure that their pet drinks plenty of water so that they can prevent dehydration. Signs that they are not getting enough liquid is thick urine and saliva.

In terms of grooming, it doesnt take too much time to clean a German shorthaired pointer since it is a generally clean breed. Occasional brushing is enough to maintain its nice looking hair. Just like other dogs, they should also take a bath when needed. To prevent ear infections, regular cleaning and checking are also recommended.

The life span of a German shorthaired pointer varies. In some countries, the average is 9 years, while in some places they can live up to 15 years. But the eldest GSP was probably 17 years of age. 

German Shorthaired Pointer Training & Care

German shorthaired pointer training and behavior

The German shorthaired pointer is a medium to large breed of dog known in the 19th century for its hunting skills. Because they are very independent have superior intelligence, they need vigorous and plenty of activities to keep them occupied. If not, they might resort to unacceptable behavior.  This breed is suited for both domestic life and that of the hunters. German shorthaired pointer dog sare affectionate, cooperative and can be easily trained.

They can jump out of a leash as large as four feet. If they are not given proper exercise, they seem to exercise themselves by being too active. Regular activities and exercise will prevent them from escaping.

Because of their strong hunting skills, they should be properly trained for them not to consider small pets like rabbit or cats are not their prey. If trained properly they can get along well with other animals. Owners of this breed would sometimes complain about these dogs bringing their own dog-hunting trophies: dead rats or cats they hunted on their own.

This breed is extremely athletic and very energetic they get along well with all family member. They are good and protective watchdog. They love playing with children but they are too much too handle by the young one. The German shorthaired pointer are people oriented. They want to sleep beside their owners and do not want to feel alone. They can easily be trained and once given a task, they will do this enthusiastically.

They can be friendly to strangers too, but still remained preserved. They could bark at strangers sometimes but this will be mild and very welcoming.

Prospective owners of this breed should be patient and firm because these dogs get easily distracted. They are very trainable but they do not obey just that.

German Shorthaired Pointers get bored when confined. They will express this by barking and chewing matters in their owners house, which could be very distractive. Inexperienced breeders have complained about their sofas being ripped and their backyard acquiring craters dug by paws.

Based on their intelligence, they are considered excellent working dogs.  They are unlikely to be aloof, fearful or aggressive towards human.  They are family loving dogs and are suitable to be pets. Training to this breed should include walking and running several times a week. Lack of training would result for the German shorthaired pointer dogs to be distinctive. Inexperienced owners are not advised to pet them.

Appearance

The coat of the German short-haired pointer dogs is short and flat. They have undercoat protected by stiff hairs that make them water resistant. It also helps them keep warm under cold weather. They could be color dark brown or black, with patches sometimes. This appearance makes them blend when under dead trees. Because their coats are short, this only need to be brushed occasionally or at least once or twice a week to prevent their loose hair to scattered in carpets.

Health

The breed of German shorthaired pointer dogs are considered very clean breed but because of their flopped ears, they are prone to ear infections thus, requiring regular cleaning and check ups. Their lifespan is about nine years. Their active kind at large or medium size requires considerable amount of food. The have no problem with heat management.