At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 45 - 70 lbs.

Height: 21" - 25"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

German Shorthaired Pointer

Also know as: German Pointer, Deutscher, Kurzhaariger Vortsehund, Kurzhaar

Group: Sporting

Origin: Germany (1600s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

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

Special Needs
Exercise: 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: Brushing once each week is required for your German Shorthaired Pointer.


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