German Shorthaired Pointer Temperament, Characteristics, Care and Training
Here is the German Shorthaired Pointer information and facts about the temperament, characteristics, care, training, with pictures. German Shorthaired Pointer is the result of a cross between the Spanish Pointer, Foxhound, Italian Pointer, and Hannover Hound. The German Shorthaired Pointer’s talents are show dog, obedience, gundog, retrieving, tracking trials, field trials and hunting tests. This breed was also knows as German Short-haired Pointing Dog, Deutsch Kurzhaar and GSP.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile all-purpose gundog. The head is in proportion to the body. The skull is slightly round on top, broad and arched on the sides. The length of the muzzle should be equal to the length of the skull. The muzzle is long with a slight stop that can be viewed from the side. The large nose is brown with wide open nostrils. The almond-shaped, medium-sized eyes are dark brown. The high-set ears are broad, hanging close to the head. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite.
Males are 23 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 70 pounds. Females are 21 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 45 to 60 pounds.
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a flat coat with a stiff, water-resistant undercoat. The short coat is thick and rough to the touch. It is slightly longer on the underside of the tail and the back edge of the hips, and softer, shorter and thinner on the head and ears. Coat colors include solid liver, liver and white, liver ticked or patches, white ticked or liver roan.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is intelligent, eager to learn, loyal and brave. It will become hyperactive if not properly exercised.
One of the most energetic breeds, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a hunting dog by nature. Protective, clever, eager and willing to please, it is very fond of its human family. Faithful, spirited and friendly, it likes and mixes well with children. Best suited for an active family. When they lack in exercise they can become high strung and frustrated. The GSP needs an owner who displays a natural air of authority providing firm, but calm, confident and consistent with rules it must be made to follow. The German Shorthaired Pointer will get along with other dogs and cats. This breed likes to bark and can be reserved with strangers.
GSPs aren’t recommended for apartment dwellers. They are best suited to active people who have a home with a large yard surrounded by a high fence. German Shorthaired Pointers were bred to have energy and stamina to last all day in the field, so exercise is important for them. If they don’t get enough exercise, they can become nervous and destructive. Expect to exercise them an hour or more each day. Your GSP will enjoy a strenuous hike, long walk, or a good game of fetch. Given enough exercise, GSPs make excellent house dogs.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is intelligent and has a well-deserved reputation of being highly trainable. German Shorthaired Pointers adapt easily to a wide variety of hunting and field jobs including pointing and retrieving on land and water.