All About the German Shorthaired Pointer
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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.
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.
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.
- German Shorthaired Pointers have short, tough, water-resistant coats that must be brushed occasionally.
- They are a low-maintenance grooming breed.
- These dogs look like squares; they are slightly longer than they are tall, with an aristocratic bearing and very muscled hindquarters.
12 to 14 years
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.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.
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.
- German Shorthaired Pointers are an extremely versatile hunting breed. They excel at pointing, retrieving and trailing, and they can even kill game.
- German Shorthaired Pointers have webbed feet, a trait they share with other German Pointers.
- The titular character in Robert B. Parker’s series of Spenser for Hire novels has owned three German Shorthaired Pointers.