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German Shorthaired Pointer


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Dog Breed Group
Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Germany, hunting dog. 
Life Expectancy
14 - 16 Years 
Solid liver, liver and white spotted, liver and white spotted and ticked; liver and white ticked, the same variations with black 
Short and flat, coarse to touch 
Exercise Needs
Needs plenty of vigorous exercise. 
An excellent watchdog. The German Shorthaired Pointer is active, responsive, gentle, affectionate and even-tempered. He loves to 
Good with Children
Loves to play with children but may be too exuberant with younger ones. Good with other pets, but may chase cats. 
Grooming Needs
Minimal grooming should consist of brushing with a firm bristle brush and bathing only when necessary. 
Average Size - Male (in)
23 - 25 
Average Size - Female (in)
21 - 23 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
55 - 70 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
45 - 60 
Health Issues
Health problems are rare but may include hip dysplasia, entropion and epilepsy.v
Living Conditions
Generally unsuited for city life he is not the type of breed to curl up in front of the fireplace all day, he needs activity tha 

Breed Description

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile hunter, an all around gun dog capable of high performance in field and water. He prefers to live with people and should not be left alone. If he has to be kenneled he should have a playmate. He was known as early as the 17th century where he was bred as a hunting dog. It is said that the German Pointer was produced by crossing the Spanish Pointer with the Bloodhound.

Breed Infobits

The German Shorthaired Pointer was developed in Germany in the late 1800s.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is definitely a dog for getting the job done, whether it is tracking, hunting, or retrieving.
Although originally bred as a utility working dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer makes an excellent companion and family dog.

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