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German Shorthaired Pointer

 

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Description

The origins of the German Shorthaired Pointer probably stem from the stock owned by Prince zu Somsbrauenfels but were rather slow gundogs. They were then crossed with English Pointer stock producing a highly versatile hunt, point and retrieve gundog possessing a stronger physical constitution.

 

Temperament

The German Shorthaired Pointer make excellent pets for people who love the outdoor active life and will have time to do activities with their dogs. It is recommended that children be supervised with these dogs as with any large breed and because of their hunting instincts, they generally don¬ít get on with cats, rabbits, rats and mice unless introduced as a puppy. They are very loyal, gentle and affectionate as well as easy to train. Protective of their family they normally bond with one particular person more than the whole family and because of their devotion make it quite difficult to re-home at a later age.  Slightly aloof with strangers, they are never timid or aggressive. If left alone for long periods they can become destructive from boredom.  Because they are very active, they will be required to be exercised twice daily and trained to avoid boredom. 

 

Appearance

Height:   56-67cm  (22-26in)

Weight:   27-32kg  (60-70lb)

Group: Gundog

Their coat is short, dense and flat. Colours are solid black or solid liver, or both coat colours may be spotted or ticked with white.

 

German Shorthaired Pointer

 

Grooming

Grooming should be basic with the occasional combing out of dead hair, a bath once every 6 weeks or so. Pluck and clean inside the ears 3 times a year and trim their nails every 8 weeks should be all that is required.

 

Life Expectancy

12 Years

 

Health Concerns

Hip dysplasia and eye problems have been known to afflict the breed and there have been skin problems in some inbred bloodlines, which are immune system related and also occurring in light pigmented animals.

 

Suitability

For the active outdoor family.  Mixing well with its family and their children, these dogs may come across less tolerant of outside children and because of there strong prey drive, may be inclined to chase the family cat or small animal if given the opportunity.  Even though these dogs are intelligent, they can be quite headstrong so early training is still essential.  They will require adequate exercise to be able to burn off excess energy and if left in the backyard with no exercise may turn destructive.

 

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Gundogs were all bred to assist in the hunting and retrieving of game. A few in this group include the German Wirehaired Pointer, Curly Coated Retriever and Saluki to mention a few

 

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