German Shorthaired Pointer

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The German Shorthaired Pointer is a working dog who loves activity. They are good with their family and children.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 9in - 2ft 1in
Weight: 45-70lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 12 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount4/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need5/5


  • Cold Tolerance2/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly2/5

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 intelligent 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!


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 dated back to at least the 1700s and was used for hunting and tracking various game.

Training & Temperament

It’s essential to begin training and socialization early. They are eager to please and quick to learn, but as working dogs, they require a lot of activity as young dogs. They also have the drive to chase prey and perform tasks, so it’s best to train them in activities to keep them going.

German Shorthaired Pointer breed photo

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 the drive to chase.

German Shorthaired Pointer Grooming

The GSP sheds a small amount throughout the year, with more shedding at certain times. Therefore, 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. In addition, they need their ears checked and cleaned occasionally and their nails trimmed.

German Shorthaired Pointer Health

German Shorthaired Pointers are generally a healthy breed. However, 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.


All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can German Shorthaired Pointers be apartment dogs?

The German Shorthaired Pointer needs room to run and play. This makes them difficult to keep in small spaces like an apartment.

Can German Shorthaired Pointers be left alone?

While German Shorthaired Pointers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are German Shorthaired Pointers good with kids?

German Shorthaired Pointers do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are German Shorthaired Pointers friendly with strangers?

Typically, German Shorthaired Pointers are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do German Shorthaired Pointers get along with other dogs?

Although German Shorthaired Pointers will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do German Shorthaired Pointers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, German Shorthaired Pointers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do German Shorthaired Pointers shed a lot?

German Shorthaired Pointers shed quite a bit. You'll need to brush them often to limit the hair on your floors and clothing.

Do German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of grooming?

German Shorthaired Pointers don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercise?

Expect German Shorthaired Pointers to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are German Shorthaired Pointers easy to train?

Typically, German Shorthaired Pointers are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can German Shorthaired Pointers handle cold weather?

German Shorthaired Pointers don't like the cold and will likely want some protection if outside for long.

Can German Shorthaired Pointers handle hot weather?

German Shorthaired Pointers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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