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German Shorthaired Pointer

Everything you need to know about German Shorthaired Pointers.

Life Expectancy
typically 11+ years
Short length with moderate shedding

How to pronounce German Shorthaired Pointer: juh·muhn shawt·heuhd poyn·tuh  

German Shorthaired Pointers are large, typically active dogs originating from 19th-century Germany where they were bred to accompany game hunts.  

German Shorthaired Pointers’ coats are short and smooth with a dense undercoat, making them water-resistant. This helps them stay warm in cold weather. Their coats are usually a combination of black, brown, liver or white in colour, and are sometimes spotted.  

Many behaviours come naturally to all dogs. Whether that’s a desire to dig or a love of lazing, these can be influenced by different factors like genetics or personal experience.  

We’re bringing you the important facts and considerations about German Shorthaired Pointers. Could you become a German Shorthaired Pointer parent and give one a forever home? 

Caring for German Shorthaired Pointers 

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a German Shorthaired Pointer. 

Health issues

Before giving a German Shorthaired Pointer a forever home, consider any possible health issues. Not every dog experiences them, but it’s important to be prepared.

For more advice on potential health issues for G...

How much food does a German Shorthaired Pointer need?

Different German Shorthaired Pointers need different amounts of food depending on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

Dog food packets can serve as a ...

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How much exercise does a German Shorthaired Pointer need?

German Shorthaired Pointers are typically high-energy dogs who need lots of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy.

They need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn ener...

How much grooming does a German Shorthaired Pointer need?

German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately. Introduce handling and grooming slowly and in a positive way. This will help your pooch feel more comfortable with it. Grooming is more enjoyable for everyone if your dog f...

What crate size do you need for a German Shorthaired Pointer?

In their crate, your dog should be able to comfortably:

  • sit and stand at their full height
  • turn around without touching the edges
  • lie down at full stretch
  • comfortably wag their tail....

German Shorthaired Pointer behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about German Shorthaired Pointers, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality. 

What's the temperament of a German Shorthaired Pointer?

Like people, each dog is different with their own individual personality and experience. So, the temperaments of different German Shorthaired Pointers vary.

Dogs learn all about the world as they grow from puppi...

Are German Shorthaired Pointers easy to train?

Any dog can be taught new tricks, whatever their breed. It’s all about positive learning. Find out what motivates your dog, whether that’s treats, toys or praise. You can use this as a reward throughout training to ma...

Are German Shorthaired Pointers good with children?

Each dog’s personality is shaped by their experiences of the world and they respond differently to certain situations.  

But there are some universal ways to treat any dog, including German Shorthaired Poin...

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