German Shorthaired Pointers are highly intelligent and energetic hunting dogs, while being a very friendly and willing companion.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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The German Shorthair is a versatile hunting dog who can not only point birds, but also hunt rabbits and raccoons, trail deer, and retrieve on land or from water.
About this Breed
The German Shorthaired Pointer is an early example of fine German engineering. Besides being a super hunting dog, the German Shorthair is a standout in the show ring: two German Shorthairs have taken Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club.
German Shorthaired Pointers are an all-purpose close-working gun dog with agility, power and endurance. This hunting dog was bred to do it all, including being an attentive, family-loving companion and a watchdog for the property. Few breeds are more versatile — and more demanding of their owners’ energy and attention. Big, strong and enthusiastic, this breed needs to be taught how to behave around the children and socialized from a youn gage. They may also need to be trained not to “hunt” the family cat or other small pets.
As a high-energy dog, they require at least an hour of exercise daily. Without this, they may become nervous and destructive. GSPs are also people-oriented, and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time without something to keep them busy. Build at least a six-foot tall fence if you plan to leave them alone outside to prevent their inner escape-artist. Sometimes known for barking at strangers and noises, they can be protective, especially females with litter puppies.
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