By Josie February 16th, 2023
The German Shorthaired Pointer hunts various game, retrieves and makes a loving companion.
Origin: Germany Breed Group: Sporting Weight: 45-70 pounds Height: 21-25 inches at the withers Life Span: 12–14 years
All GSPs share the same characteristics: a big brown snout, floppy ears, and dark almond-shaped eyes.
While solid colors are possible, liver and white or black and white with patterns are the most prevalent (referred to as “patches” or “ticking.”)
Beyond routine brushing and the odd bath, this breed requires little maintenance.
They are considered very clean dogs and light shedders compared to other breeds.
Having a hyperactive GSP in an apartment environment is not a good set-up.
For their boundless energy to be properly channeled, these dogs need an owner with an active lifestyle and preferably a large enough yard.
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly intelligent and need lots of mental stimulation.
These super-intelligent canines require patient owners committed to seeing them through the puppy stage.
As a puppy they need three meals daily, and as an adult they need two daily meals.
The dog should be fed a high-quality diet suitable for their life stage (puppy, adult, or senior) and exercise degree
A heat lasts for 12-21 days.
Typically they will go through their first heat cycle when they are between 5-14 months old.
Dogs in heat may become more tense and alert in terms of behavior.
Despite their popularity, their numbers are declining because of reckless breeding.
As a result, there has been a decrease in genetic diversity and an increase in diseases.
If you lead an active lifestyle and can provide a spacious home for them, a German Shorthaired Pointer will make a great companion for you.