German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer

Dog Facts

Type:
Gundog
Energy:
High
Exercise Requirement:
High
Affection Level:
Very affectionate
Protection:
Fairly protective
Size:
Large
Grooming Maintenance:
Low
Temperature Preference:
Temperate
Typical Lifespan:
12 - 14 years

About the German Shorthaired Pointer Breed

The German Shorthaired Pointer is built in such a way that it makes a good, all round hunting companion. It is just about square in proportion, possibly slightly longer than tall. It has a finely cut shape, and both grace and strength can be seen in its build. Like a lot of hunting dogs, it has a springy, ground covering gait. It was bred to cover any and all of the jobs that hunting may require of a dog companion. Pointing, retrieving, flushing, and even hunting down and killing prey themselves are all in the repertoire of the German Shorthair.

The short, but still double layered, coat of the Shorthair protects it from the cold and the wet. Although it could probably cope living outside in warm climates, this dog will suffer from the lack of company and should be kept indoors. The colouring can be distinctive. Usually it is solid liver in colour, but can also often have white flecks covering the body, punctuated by solid saddles of the base colour. The Shorthaired Pointer coat can also be black, or slightly sandy coloured, although certain dog shows won't except anything other than a liver base.

Crosses between different pointers, including the Spanish Pointer, helped lay the foundations for the German Shorthaired in the early 17th century. It was crossed with several international breeds to combine all the beneficial traits of an all round hunting dog (such as having an interest in both mammal and bird quarry) and to root out all the traits which held the breed back (such as an aversion to water.) The result was a well rounded multi-use hunting companion.

The Shorthaired German Pointer temperament is loyal and companionable. It wouldn't be happy being locked up in a kennel after a day of hunting, and would want to spend the evenings with its owner, as well as the day out hunting. On the flip side, keeping it in the home and never taking it out or exercising it will lead to the dog trying to find its own entertainment around the home, which would likely end destructively.

The German Shorthaired Pointer can whine, bark, or bay, as a result of its hunting heritage.

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