Breed Highlight: German Shorthaired Pointer

An energetic sporting dog breed, the German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) hunts many types of game. This very smart dog breed is very active and highly trainable. 

The German Shorthaired Pointer

Vital Stats of the GSP

Vital stats of this breed include the following:

  • Dog breed group: Sporting
  • Height: 21 to 27 inches at the shoulder
  • Weight: 45 to 70 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12 to 15 years

Physical Characteristics of the German Shorthaired Pointer

Although the GSP has a short coat they do still have about average shedding levels but do not require much grooming frequency. Their coat is smooth and short. They have identifiable spots that can patched, ticked, or both. Their colors vary from black, white, liver, and roan variations.

Care for German Shorthaired Pointers

GSP’s are not an apartment breed. They require lots of space to run and exercise. It is advisable to have a high fence for your GSP’s yard as they can jump. Due to their nature GSP’s can be independent thinkers as they typically work away from their hunters. They do train well but with positive reinforcements as they can get stubborn if trained for long periods of time with harsh reinforcements.

Health of German Shorthaired Pointers

Similar to any other breed, GSP’s are prone to specific health problems:

  • Cancer
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Lymphedema
  • Entropion
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV), also called Bloat or Torsion

History of German Shorthaired Pointers

The GSP dates back as far as the 17th century. They were created to be multipurpose dogs. They are a cross between Spanish Pointers and Bloodhounds. This gives them a medium build with a keen nose. The first known German Shorthair in the United States was imported in 1925 by Dr. Charles Thornton of Montana, who began breeding the dogs. Only five years later, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club. The first German Shorthair registered with the AKC was Greif v.d. Fliegerhalde.

The GSP is ranked as 19th among 155 breeds recognized by the AKC

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