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German Shorthaired Pointer

Also referred to as Deutscher, Kurzhaariger Vortsehund and Kurzhaar

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height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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German Shorthaired Pointer

All About the German Shorthaired Pointer

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Average Height & Weight

The German Shorthaired Pointer is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 23 to 25 inches.

Weight: 55 to 70 pounds.

Females – Height: 21 to 23 inches.

Weight: 45 to 60 pounds.

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German Shorthaired Pointer


Typical Coloring

German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly liver or liver and white.





Even-tempered, loyal and eager to work, German Shorthaired Pointers are extremely intelligent dogs. They enthusiastically complete any task laid out by their owners. Some are sensitive, and they respond best to gentle attempts at training.




Activity Level

German Shorthaired Pointers need a high amount of activity daily, at least an hour!

If they do not get mental and physical exercise every day, they can become frustrated and get into mischief. They enjoy hunting, hiking and swimming, and they also like to play in the yard with their owners.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concern for German Shorthaired Pointers is lymphedema. Canine hip dysplasia, entropion, gastric torsion, Von Willebrand Disease and pannus are less common but still occur within the breed, while ectropion and progressive retinal atrophy are seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

German Shorthaired Pointers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



German Shorthaired Pointer


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

German Shorthaired Pointers are very good family pets, although their boisterousness can alarm small children. They frequently whine and bark, which can also be off-putting to kids. Though they are generally friendly toward other dogs, they can be aggressive with other household pets, owing to their history of hunting small prey.




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