German Shorthaired Pointer Information
A versatile hunter and excellent household pet, the German Shorthaired Pointer has increased in popularity in recent years. The breed is smart and eager to please and does well with kids and other pets.
With a history as a field dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer likes to stay busy and work hard, so make sure he gets lots of exercise. His coat, which can be liver or liver and white in color, sheds quite heavily, so make sure you have a lint roller on hand!
German Shorthaired Pointer History
The German Shorthaired Pointer’s history isn’t exactly clear but it’s likely a descendent of various German hound and tracking dogs. These dogs may include the German Bird Dog, Old Spanish Pointer, English Pointer, and Arkwright Pointer. The German bird-dog dates back to at least the 1700s and was used for hunting and tracking various game.
German Shorthaired Pointer Training & Temperament
It’s important to begin training and socialization for a German Shorthaired Pointer early. They are eager to please and quick to learn, but as a working dog they require a lot of activity as a young dog. They also have a drive to chase prey and perform tasks so it’s best to train them in activities to keep them going.
German Shorthaired Pointer Exercise
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercise. They’re great dogs for running with or taking swimming. They do well with various dog sports. You’ll want to keep them in a contained – safe area when off-leash as they have a drive to chase.
German Shorthaired Pointer Grooming
The GSP sheds a small amount throughout the year with more shedding at certain times. It’s helpful to brush them to remove loose hairs and prevent them from ending up all over the house. Bathing can also help remove some hairs. They need their ears checked and cleaned occasionally and their nails trimmed.
German Shorthaired Pointer Health
German Shorthaired Pointers are generally a healthy breed. They can have hip issues and eye conditions in some lines. They also can get bloat, where their stomach expands. It’s best not to run them immediately after a meal or let them eat too fast.