The German Shorthaired Pointer has a mild disposition. He is affectionate and good with children. Besides being a very versatile sporting dog, he also makes a wonderful house and watchdog. Because he has a natural desire to hunt and tends not to recognize natural boundaries, he needs plenty of exercise to keep him from becoming bored.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent hunter and good family dog. Intelligent and highly trainable, Shorthairs have many talents which have been used not only for hunting, but also for drugs and bomb detection. Their wonderful disposition and affectionate nature made them very popular as therapy dogs.
It is commonly believed that the German Shorthaired Pointer was created by crossing the old Spanish Pointer with the Hound of St. Hubert, English Foxhound and English Pointer in the 19th century in Germany. As the result of careful selection focusing on the dogs' working abilities, the world of sporting dogs got a versatile hunter with superb nose, great stamina and speed and physical beauty that was capable point, flush and retrieve shot game and that had enough courage to stalk deer, fox and hare. The German Shorthaired Pointer is the National Gundog of Germany.
Other Names: GSP, Shorthair, Deutsch Kurzhaar
Country of Origin: Germany
Utilization: Versatile hunting dog
FCI Classification: Group 7- Pointers & Setters; Continental Pointing Dogs "Braque" Type (with working trial); AKC Classification: Sporting Group
Size: Medium (21-25 inches at shoulders)
Colors: Solid brown, without markings; brown with small white or flecked markings at chest and legs; dark brown roan, with brown head, brown patches or specks; light brown roan with brown head, brown patches, specks or without patches; white with brown head markings, brown patches or specks.
Litter Size: 8
Life Span: 9-14 years
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Grooming Requirements: Easy to keep clean. The teeth are less prone to accumulation of tartar than most other breeds.
Personality: Affectionate, loyal, reserved with strangers, eager to please, good watch and guard dog.
Social skills: Gets along with other household animals.
Suitability for Children: Being sweet-natured and playful, he makes a good playmate for children. But considering their size, small children should never be left unsupervised around this big dog.
Exercise Needs: Shorthairs love running, walking, swimming, and games of fetch. Being high energy dogs, they need at least 2 hours of vigorous daily exercise and lots of attention.
Train Ability: Puppies are easy to housebreak. Shorthairs respond well to firm, but gentle training.
Health & Behavioral Issues: There have been reported cataracts, hip dysplasia and PRA (blindness).
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