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German Shorthaired Pointer

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German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a lean, clean-cut, well-balanced hunting dog. The water-resistant coat of the German Shorthaired is short, flat, thick and harsh. The color can be a dark brown, chocolate or chestnut, black or either color with white. It has moderately long floppy ears set high on the head. The muzzle is long and strong and allows it to retrieve heavily furred game. Their eyes should be as dark as possible with lighter eyes being a fault. Its tail should be docked and he should be able to sit on his tail. The strong hindquarters make this breed able to move rapidly and turn quickly.

Temperament German Shorthaired Pointers are very smart, energetic and always willing to please. They love children and are loving towards all members of the family especially the one holding the leash, Frisbee™, or car keys. This breed should not be isolated from their family as they are very people oriented. They tend to become nervous and destructive if left on their own for too long. The male of the breed is more outgoing and more aggressive than the female. They get along fine with other pets if they are raised together from puppyhood. They tend to bark and are reserved with strangers.
Height, Weight Male Height: 23-25" ; Weight: 55-70 lbs.
Female Height: 21-23" ; Weight: 45-60 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to epilepsy, lymphedema and hermaphrodism.
Living Conditions German Shorthairs should not live an apartment. They do best with a large yard and a very athletic family. Shorthairs require at least a six foot fence but can become escape artists if they become bored.
Exercise This tireless and energetic breed needs regular exercise and should not be adopted by a family unless they are able to give plenty of vigorous exercise. A restless Shorthair is a destructive Shorthair.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming German Shorthairs are very easy to groom. Brush daily and only bathe when necessary. Check the feet and ears often. This breed is an average shedder.
Origin Prince Albrecht zu Solms-Brauenfels, in the middle of the 1800s, spearheaded a tireless effort to create the ultimate vorstehhund ? the all-purpose hunting dog. Records show that the Prince owned good schweisshunds and fine Pointers imported from England, and these were probably the basis for the German Shorthaired Pointer. When the breed was imported to the US in the early 1900s, it was enthusiastically received by American hunters. In fact, since his official recognition by the AKC in the 1940s, the breed has fared well in AKC registrations. He is one of the favorites of the average weekend hunter because of his natural abilities, ease of training and adaptability to family life. The Shorthaired is described as "all business, no frills". They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Sporting, UKC Gun Dog