The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) was bred for hunting in 19th century Germany. They are known for their strong, powerful legs that allow them to turn quickly and speedily. Let’s learn a little bit more about the breed that took home the “Best In Show” at this year’s Westminster Dog Show.
Average Weight: Males: 55-70 lbs. Females: 45-60 lbs.
Traits: Athletic, lean and muscular
Life Expectancy: 10-14 years
Did you know? – German Shorthair Pointers have webbed feet! This is to allow them to tread water while retrieving water fowl.
- High Intellect – GSPs are very smart and easy to train as long as the lessons are simple and consistent. These dogs are able to pick up new tricks easily, and aren’t known to be stubborn. With this high level of intelligence, owners may find keeping them focused a little challenging.
- Minimal Grooming Required – This breed will require a little work to be sure it maintains good health, such as ear cleaning, good dental care routine, nail trimming and regular brushing to minimize shedding.
- Loyal – This breed was built to interact with their owner and family, and can make a great housedog with plenty of quality time and exercise. They have a reputation for being good with children, and are protective of their family.
“German Shorthaired Pointers are growing in popularity among everyday families, not only for their precise hunting skills, but they are also great companions. These animals seek to please their masters and genuinely love children and are a pleasure to own and love,” said Angie Melton of Southern Shorthair Kennels.
The Not So Good
- Curious Nature – German Shorthair Pointers need boundaries and do well in a confined, secure place like a crate if they cannot be supervised. Otherwise, they can find themselves in trouble if given too much freedom.
- High Activity Level – If this breed is not training or hunting, they will need space to run and let off some of their energy. German Shorthair Pointers can become bored easily, which can cause them to be destructive and result in behaviors such as barking, chewing and digging. Exercising should be a part of this breed’s daily routine, and should last at least 30 minutes in both the morning and the afternoon. This dog can be a great running or swimming partner.
- Shedding – They are short-coated breed and will shed, which can become imbedded in fabrics like clothing, upholstered furniture and carpet. Regular brushing of this dog can help, as well as a quality, balanced diet with essential fatty acids to keep their coat healthy and shiny.
Common Hereditary Issues
- Gastric Torsion (stomach dilates and then rotates)
- Hip Dysplasia
- Von Willebrand’s disease (blood clotting disorder)
- Entropian (abnormal eyelid, which rolls inward)
- Pannus (immune condition affecting the cornea or clear part of the eye)
- Lymphedema (abnormal accumulation of fluid in body tissue)
- Retinal Atrophy
Insuring your GSP with a pet insurance policy from a young age can help mitigate the financial costs associated with these common hereditary issues. PetFirst Pet Insurance offers dog insurance plans that cover congenital, hereditary (breed-specific) and chronic conditions. Get a Quote on Pet Insurance for your pet today.
Of course, this blog post would not be complete without looking at pictures of these awesome, beautiful dogs.