German Shorthaired Pointer Dogs 101 The Perfect Hunting Dog
Friendly, smart, willing to please … The
German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile
hunter and an all-purpose gun dog capable
of high performance in the field and in the
water, who also doubles as a great family
An active family, that is.
If you’ve ever admired the versatility,
athleticism and stamina of a decathlete, you’ll
admire the German Shorthaired Pointer.
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Surprise, they come from Germany!
As the name suggest, the German Shorthaired
Pointer hails from Deutschland.
Although Pointer-type dogs date back to ancient
Egypt, the German Shorthaired was shaped in
the 19th century by German Hunters wanting
the perfect hunting dog, capable of catching
a wide variety of game on both land and water.
He was bred to hunt a variety of animals,
from small game like squirrels and rabbits
to larger game like boar and deer.
Since that time, the German shorthaired pointer’s
reputation has expanded around the world as
the ideal dog for the person wanting a versatile
He can do it all!
And, he wants to do it all—over, and over
He has a variety of different attributes that
make him perfect for any job in and out of
His water-resistant coat repels debris as
he swims, while his spoon-shaped webbed paws
act as paddles.
On land, his heavy nails help him get traction
on even rough terrain, making him a versatile
companion and working dog.
The pedigree was added to the American Kennel
Club roster in March 1930 and is the 11th
most popular breed thanks to its great temperament
and solid work ethic.
Most owners say the German Shorthaired Pointer
is great with kids and other pets and responds
well to training.
You’ll need to keep this dog company, though,
as few say it’s OK to leave this pooch on
This is a high-energy dog that will not be
content to sit around all day.
A long exercise period every day and access
to a good-sized yard are needed during the
Given adequate exercise, life indoors with
a German shorthaired pointer can be tranquil;
without adequate exercise, it can be disastrous.
He can live in an apartment, but you’re
likely going to need to be an athlete yourself
to meet his exercise needs.
A simple walk before and after work won’t
burn up his boundless energy.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not Golden
He is capable of learning a great deal, but
he has an independent mind of his own and
is easily distracted by exciting sights, sounds,
Some German Shorthairs are willful and obstinate
and some can be manipulative.
You must show him, through absolute consistency,
that you mean what you say.
He is an average shedder.
The short and rough coat of the breed needs
Brushing his coat once a week and rubbing
his body occasionally with a damp towel is
sufficient to maintain a healthy coat.
He should be bathed only when necessary and
must be dried properly after each bath.
His eyes and ears need to be cleaned regularly
and nails should be trimmed properly to avoid
Pointers, as the name suggests, naturally
use their bodies to point when they find game.
They lower their heads, keep a steady gaze,
and lift one of their front paws—taking
the shape of an arrow directing hunters to
This pointing behavior is so innate, even
puppies that have never been on a hunt will
sometimes do it.
They perform well in agility events.
Due to the nature of the obstacles, the events
require a strong bond between dogs and their
handlers, as well as natural motivation and
The German shorthaired pointer’s speed,
grace, and willingness to learn make them
an ideal breed for the sport.
The AKC has been holding prestigious Agility
tournaments since 1978, and the highest title,
the Preferred Agility Champion, was instated
As of 2015, there were 8 German shorthaired
pointers with this title.
The TSA uses the dogs, including one named
As part of the official canine explosives
team, she sniffs boxes and crates in New York
and New Jersey for any suspicious odors.
Luckily, she has yet to find any potentially
dangerous scents that weren’t placed there
He may have become famous for his hunting
skills, but the German Shorthaired Pointer
also makes a great pet, thanks to his lovable
Dedicated to his owners, this breed will be
sociable with other animals and humans.
But the best part is that the German Shorthaired
Pointer loves children – in fact, he will
often become more attached to the children
in the house than to the adults.
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