German Short Haired Pointer Facts and More
Size: Medium to
Lifespan: 13 to 15 years
Activity Level: High
Coat: Short, smooth
Temperament: Playful, Affectionate, Energetic, Prey-Driven
Information / Facts: As its name suggests, the German Shorthaired Pointer, or GSP, hails from Germany. This dog is believed to have originated sometime in the 19th century. This dog was bred for hunting, and one of its most unique characteristics is the way it communicates. As the dog's name implies, it uses its body and tail to "point" at prey to help hunters catch game. The dog will point its nose toward prey, and stiffen its body with its tail sticking straight out behind. This allows the hunter to follow the trail of the dog's eyesight to discern animals that are hiding in brush or otherwise out of sight. The GSP also has a long, somewhat square nose, floppy ears and webbed feet, all of which aid in its hunting prowess.
Pros: The German Shorthaired Pointer is a fabulous family dog and is very gentle and loving to children. The GSP also gets along well with other domesticated pets, once they are trained to differentiate prey from family pets. This dog is full of energy and is a great playmate for children to grow up with. The GSP is also prone to form strong bonds with other members of the household, both human and animal. As such, you should consider making your GSP an indoor dog, as they will become bored and lonely when apart from the rest of their "pack."
Cons: The German Shorthaired Pointer is a very active dog with boundless energy. For this reason, it is not a suitable pet for sedentary or quiet households. The GSP is a hardy breed of dog, but as with other dogs this size, the GSP is prone to hip dysplasia, especially when care is not taken during the breeding process. GSPs may also be susceptible to eye problems and skin issues. It is important to keep an eye on your dog and notify your vet if any changes occur so issues can be treated right away.