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German Shorthaired Pointer

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #112015: #112014: #12
Name German Shorthaired Pointer
Other names GSP, DK, Kurzhaar, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund, Deutsch Kurzhaar
Origin Germany
Breed Group Working (AKC:1930)Gun Dog (UKC)
Size Medium to Large
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years
Temperament AffectionateBoisterousBoldCooperativeIntelligentTrainable
Height Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm)Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Weight Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg)Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Colors BlackBlack & WhiteBlack RoanLiverLiver & WhiteLiver RoanWhiteWhite & Liver
Litter Size 7-12 puppies
Puppy Price Average $600 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 4 stars
Apartment Friendly 1 starsThis breed is not recommended for apartment life and does best with a large yard and an active, athletic family. It may be able to jump any fence that is lower than 6 feet tall. Under exercised, bored GSPs are great escape artists.
Barking Tendencies 3 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 1 starsIn the field, he’s an aggressive hunter, a trait that can carry over into the home if cats, squirrels or birds stray into his territory.
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 4 stars
Exercise Needs 5 starsExercise is of paramount importance for these tireless, energetic animals. They are more than a match for even the most active family and they should not be taken on as family pets unless they can be guaranteed plenty of vigorous exercise. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle. If under-exercised, this breed can become restless and destructive.
Grooming 1 starsLow Maintenance: The German Shorthair’s water-repellent coat has thick, short hair that protects the dog from brush and helps insulate him from the cold. The coat itself is easy to care for — brush it weekly with a rubber hound mitt or firm bristle brush to keep the hair and skin healthy — but the breed has a couple of grooming quirks you should be aware of.
Health Issues 4 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 starsRanking: #17. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 5 starsEasy Training: The German Shorthaired Pointer is intelligent and has a well-deserved reputation of being highly trainable. German Shorthaired Pointers adapt easily to a wide variety of hunting and field jobs including pointing and retrieving on land and water.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Bella
02 Cooper Sadie
03 Rocky Piper
04 Marley Molly
05 Harley Layla
06 Riley Ginger
07 Bentley Zoe
08 Bruno Sophie
09 Diesel Katie
10 Louie Maya
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The shorthaired is an all-purpose close-working gun dog that combines agility, power and endurance. It is square or slightly longer than tall; although it has a short back, it should stand over plenty of ground. It should have a clean-cut head, graceful outline, strong quarters and an athletic physique. The gait is smooth, light and ground-covering. The coat is short and tough.

The German shorthaired pointer's idea of heaven is a day hunting in the field and an evening curled up by its owner's side. This is an active dog that can become frustrated and "creative" if not given ample daily exercise, both mental and physical. It is a devoted family pet, although at times it is overly boisterous for small children. Because part of its heritage includes hunting mammals, some can be aggressive to small pets unless raised with them. It is a sensitive breed, responsive to gentle training. Some can whine or bark a lot.

The precise origin of the German Shorthaired Pointer is unclear. According to the American Kennel Club, it is likely that the GSP is descended from a breed known as the German Bird Dog, which itself is related to the Old Spanish Pointer introduced to Germany in the 17th century. It is also likely that various German hound and tracking dogs, as well as the English Pointer and the Arkwright Pointer also contributed to the development of the breed. However, as the first studbook was not created until 1870, it is impossible to identify all of the dogs that went into creating this breed. The breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930.