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German Shorthaired Pointer

Size: Medium / Large

Weight: 45 - 70 lbs.

Height: 21" - 25"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Not well-suited for city or apartment dwellers. Breed-related health problems: hip dysplasia; von Willebrand's disease; lymphedema; hypothyroidism; subaortic stenosis; entropion.

Origin: Germany (1600s)

Also Known As: German Pointer, Deutscher, Kurzhaariger Vortsehund, Kurzhaar

Group: Sporting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The German Shorthaired Pointer is an active dog that requires several long walks and / or play sessions per day. If left alone or inactive for extended periods of time, this breed can be destructive.

Grooming Needs

Brushing once each week is required for your German Shorthaired Pointer.


The German Shorthaired Pointer is an active breed that loves to hunt. It is an affectionate, devoted and loving family dog that may be too rambunctious for small children. It is a sensitive breed that needs gentle training. The breed tends to make good barking watchdogs. If socialized early, most will accept other dogs and cats in the household.

Compatibility with Kids

May be too rambunctious for small children


The German Shorthaired Pointer is a cross of the Spanish Pointer and Hannover Hound. It's reputed to be one of the most versatile sporting dogs. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1930 and makes a handsome and obedient companion.

Pet Facts

This breed likes water and will appreciate an opportunity to swim.

Dog Food for Your German Shorthaired Pointer

Puppy select formula dog food

Puppy Select Formula

Features our exclusive balance of nutrients for growing puppies.

Bag of Adult Select Formula

Adult Select Formula

Formulated for dogs of all ages, an excellent choice for multi-dog families.

Senior select formula food for older dogs

Senior Select Formula

Formulated for dogs 7 years and older.

Reduced fat formula dog food

Reduced Fat Formula

30% less fat than Bil-Jac Adult Select.