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German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer Information
Lifespan
German Shorthaired Pointers have a healthy lifespan of 12-15 years. Some dogs have even lived as long as 18 years. The German Shorthaired Pointer typically gives birth to 7-8 puppies. Females weigh up to 60 lbs., while males weigh up to 70 lbs. The height in both sexes ranges from 21 to 25 inches tall.
Temperament
The German Shorthaired Pointer was bred to be a both a family friendly dog and a hunter. The German Shorthaired Pointer makes an excellent companion in both areas.
As a hunter, the breed is prized for its agility, strength, dedication. It makes an excellent gundog, and is skilled at seeking and flushing out birds. It is able to cover rough terrain quickly, and can bring game back over both water and land. The German Shorthaired Pointer performs well as a hunter, and is able to go after ducks, pheasant, woodcock, raccoons, foxes, and has even been known to climb trees to go after squirrels. It is also an excellent tracker.
As a family companion and pet, the German Shorthaired Pointer is an active, affectionate, and loyal breed. This dog does well with children, though its playful demeanor may knock them down occasionally. This breed loves to be with people and to be outdoors, though once inside for the night, they will be happy to rest by a favorite person’s feet or hang out on the sofa. German Shorthaired Pointers make great pets for families that love to hike, camp, and do other outdoor activities.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a protective nature and make excellent watchdogs, though they are not aggressive. They are not excessive barkers, but will definitely make noise if someone approaches the house.
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a great deal of energy. It remains puppy-like well into adulthood, and will require a great deal of activity. Possessing webbed feet, the breed loves to swim. Romps in the yard, games of Frisbee and fetch, and long runs are all called for.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is highly trainable, though it can have a short attention span and be easily distracted. The breed seems to do better with obedience training, agility, and other skills than it does learning household rules such as staying off the sofa.
This breed requires a fenced in yard and a leash when walking, as its natural hunting instinct may lead it to follow an intriguing scent or give chase to the neighbor’s cat. They do get along with other dogs, but may show aggression towards males. While they can live with smaller dogs, cats, and other pets, it should be noted that they frequently give in to their instinct to chase. Strong fences are a must, as this breed is an expert jumper and a successful digger, and will find a way to escape the yard if it sees something it wants to go after.
German Shorthaired Pointers were bred to be companion dogs, and because of that, they do not do well when left alone for a long period of time. Like many other breeds, the German Shorthaired Pointer can suffer from separation anxiety. Separation anxiety manifests itself as nervousness or depression. A German Shorthaired Pointer experiencing Separation anxiety will chew, dig, and bark excessively. While physical activity can help with this, the breed is not recommended for people who work long hours.
Care
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a rough coat that is thick and flat. It is water repellant. The hair may be softer on the ears and the head. The dog has a stiff undercoat that protects it from a variety of weather. Despite the short, coarse coat, the breed is a noted shedder. The dog will require weekly brushing to help keep the shedding under control, as well as remove any loose hair or debris picked up outside. Bathing is only recommended as needed, as it will strip the natural oils from the fur.
The German Shorthaired Pointer does need its nails trimmed occasionally. Regular dental care is also suggested. The dog’s feet should be checked as well, as it tends to pick up thorns, pebbles, and small cuts from its time outdoors.
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a relatively long lifespan and is a fairly hardy breed, though there may be some health concerns to watch out for. Bloat is a concern, as well as diabetes and epilepsy. The breed can be subject to several eye and skin conditions. This breed is also subject to some types of cancer as well.
The German Shorthaired Pointer must have 2-3 hours of exercise per day in order to keep it fit and mentally stimulated. This breed is not only active, but also has a tendency to become bored. The dog loves hunting, and enjoys spending a day in the field. It also enjoys games, runs, and bike rides. Canine sports such as flyball and Frisbee are an excellent way to keep the breed occupied.
In training, the German Shorthaired Pointer requires a strong handler who will let them know who is in charge. Shorter training sessions work best with this breed, as do firm, respectful commands. This is a breed that does well with extensive training, whether it is as a hunting dog or a competitor in canine sports or the show ring. The German Shorthaired Pointer does well in higher level obedience and agility training, field trials and hunting contests, and a variety of canine sports.
Owning a German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a dog that is not intended for apartment or primarily indoor living. If expected to lie on the couch all day, the dog may decide to eat the couch instead. Potential owners need to make sure that their lifestyle is one that the pet will flourish in. As always, it is important to go through a licensed, reputable breeder when purchasing a healthy puppy. Adult dogs can be re-homed successfully and are also available for adoption through rescues dedicated to the breed.

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