German Short – Haired Pointer

The German Short-Haired Pointer is an active and athletic animal with a friendly nature. The have a noble stance and broad, deep chest. They have a long muzzle, large nose and emotive, dark brown eyes. Their droopy ears frame their face, and the German Short-Haired Pointers coat is short, thick and rough to the touch.

Other Names
Country of Origin

Comes in solid liver, liver and white, liver ticked or patches, white ticked or liver roan.

Height / Weight
On average dogs stand at 23 - 25cms at the withers and weigh 25 - 32kgs, bitches average at 21 - 23cms from the withers and weigh 20 - 27kgs.
German Short Haired Pointers are active and healthy dogs.
Life Span

10 - 12 years

A quick learner that likes to be mentally stimulated. They respond best to kindness and loving training which rewards them for good behaviour, they are sensitive and will not respond well to dominance or aggression.
Suitability (Children)

On the whole these dogs are not big eaters when you consider the amount of exercise they require.

Feeding Cost
$15-$20 p/w
Other Cost
They will love going on a job or cycle with you, or will need a long walk and a run off the lead daily. Games likes frisbee or sports and extra training will be fantastic for your German Short-Haired Pointer. Not enough exercise can lead to anxiety and destructive behaviours.
Hair Shed
German Short Haired Pointers are active and healthy dogs.
The GSP is a generally low maintenance breed. A wipe once a week with a hand mitt will remove any loose hair, and they should be bathed when necessary. A weekly check of their ears and cleaning will be important to preventing ear infections.
Grooming Frequency
Once a week
German Shorthaired Pointers were developed in Germany as a multi-purpose gun dog. They were bred to replace the need for both a pointer and a retriever. They are called a 'pointer' as this is the stance the GSP takes when they have found game for the gamekeeper, a rigid, pointing stance that uses all of the body to show there is game ahead.

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