Germain Shorthaired Pointer​ - Sporting Group

German Shorthaired Pointer

Breed Group: Sporting Group

Size Group: Medium Dog Breeds

Origin: Germany

Height: 23”-25” (male) 21”-23” (female)

Weight: 55-70lbs (male) 45-60lbs (female)

Color: Black, Black & white, Liver, Liver & white, Liver roan, White & liver, Black roan with or without patched and/or ticked markings

Lifespan10-14 years

Temperament:  Friendly, energetic, daring, alert



The German Shorthaired Pointer is a bundle of endless energy. Originally bred as a hunting companion, these pups were, and still are, a popular choice as they have the stamina for hours of tracking, pointing, and retrieving. This breed is alert, powerful, and fast in the field.

Today the GSP is found most often as a family dog. They have grown in popularity due to their friendly, keen, and active temperament. This breed is best suited to families with older children or to singles that have abundant time and energy to devote to exercising and being outdoors. A well exercised GSP is a delightful family member, conversely one that has no outlet for his energy can be majorly destructive.

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German shorthaired pointers can run at up to 45mph! Go dogs go!


GSP are generally very healthy pups. Some health concerns to be aware of include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, entropion, cherry eye, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, Addison’s disease, hemivertebrae, subvalvular aortic stenosis, von Willebrand’s disease, hemangiosarcoma, epilepsy, acral mutation syndrome, bloat and lupoid dermatitis. Additionally, since this breed spends so much time outside, they are more likely to contract Lyme disease.

While you always hope your pet will live a long and healthy life, it is always a good idea to invest in pet health insurance.

Keeping your dog’s mouth clean and problem free goes a long way to your pup’s overall health. Dental hygiene can be the cause or can be the byproduct of other serious health issues.

Visual inspections can be performed to keep track of the signs of potentially waning oral health. These signs can be anything from bad breath to abnormal chewing to loss of appetite.

Keeping ahead of these warning signs can pay dividends. A preventative approach can delay and stop many of the common dental problems from arising.

Oral health can be tackled in five basic steps:

  1. Brushing your dog’s teeth to prevent an undesirable buildup of plaque
  2. Feed your dog a diet where the high quality dog food has dental benefits
  3. Regularly give your dog dental toys and treats
  4. Use mouthwash, to help where brushing misses
  5. At the sign of any abnormalities, consult a vet. You can even do it virtually, from the convenience of your home.

Dogs are just like humans in that they can experience anxiety. The degree to which they are susceptible to anxiety and how they deal with anxiety is breed specific. Left unchecked, initial signs of anxiety could give way to an anxiety disorder. The symptoms of anxiety disorders can lead to a myriad of behavior issues.

Knowing the signs and symptoms will best equip you to keep ahead of it and to nip it in the bud at the earliest signs. There are options available to help with anxiety.

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Although they have a short coat, this breed is known to shed substantially. The discarded hair is notoriously difficult to get out of furniture. Consider doing most of your grooming in an easy to clean area or outside.

Brush your GSP with a grooming mitt once or twice a week to help remove any dead hair and to redistribute hair oils. This breed also goes through a seasonal shed where brushing your pup daily will help keep the hair loss somewhat contained. Bathe your pup as needed, meaning if he gets exceptionally dirty or starts to smell. Frequent bathing is greatly discouraged as it will cause skin irritation. Clip your pup’s nails monthly. Check his ears weekly to be sure they are clean and clear of debris or wax buildup.

Brush your pup’s teeth several times per week.


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It is recommended to give German shorthaired pointers at least two dedicated exercise sessions per day. The more you can give the better-off this pup will be. These pups love to run so having a securely fenced in area is ideal. Running, hiking, brisk walks, swimming and playing games will all keep your pup happy. Like many hunting dogs, these pups have a strong prey drive, always keep them on a leash or in a fenced in area when outside.


Your full-sized German shorthaired pointer will eat around 3 cups of food per day over 2 meals. This breed is prone to bloat which is an immediately life-threatening condition where the stomach overfills and flips in the torso. You can help avoid this situation by monitoring the rate at which your pup eats. The exact amount of food your dog will need will vary depending on age and activity level.


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As with all dogs, early socialization with humans and other pups is essential. The German shorthaired pointer is eager to please and takes well to positive reinforcement training. Early on be sure to work on a strong recall command in case your pup ever gets away from you and in pursuit of some imagined hunt. It is important to take a committed roll in training your pup as left to their own devices, these pups can become very destructive.

Proper training is essential to ensuring the safety of your dog and those around you. Having your dog come when they should, and in general having them listen is something you want to address early in your pup’s life, as it will pay dividends down the line. There are many tried and true training programs to accomplish this training – faster and better than you might think!

Unless you’re living on a farm, or have the space, a yipping dog, or one that barks all day when you are gone could be an issue with the neighbors and/or landlord. Historically, dogs would bark to communicate with the rest of the pack when hunting and bark as a warning shot to predators eyeing up their flock. Barking is deep rooted in dogs and manifests itself in many ways and for a variety of reasons.

Just like any habit or instinct, there are effective ways you can train this issue away.

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A solid Glucosamine Supplement for hips and joints will go a long way to helping your furry friend.

Other helpful supplements include full-spectrum hemp oil or CBD oil. Fish oil skin and coat supplement.

Ensuring a comprehensive preventative vitamin and mineral plan is essential to keeping your dog healthy. Truth is, there are vitamins and minerals that your dog needs, but doesn’t produce naturally. While many of these vitamins and minerals can be found in your dog’s current diet and dog food, the question becomes, are there enough vitamins to ensure they aren’t deficient.

Poor nutrition can lead to some of the most common health issues, such as weak joints, compromised immunity, increased allergies, and low energy.

Vitamins play a vital role in your pet’s health and overall life expectancy. Here are some multivitamin and joint relief options.

As regulations around marijuana have eased, the emergence of CBD oils for humans and dogs have sprung up.

Just to begin to dispel the negative stigma, CBD extract comes from Hemp, marijuana’s cousin. Unlike its cousin, there are no psychoactive qualities in CBD oil. An emerging number of clinical and institutional studies have shown the wide variety of healing qualities in CBD, including pain management, and the containment of seizures and epileptic episodes.

Explore this remedy further to see all the health benefits that have transformed the lives of so many dogs to date.

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