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German Shorthaired Pointer - Care and Grooming

German Shorthaired Pointer Temperament

A versatile and good natured dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer is an active and agile dog, and is tolerant, obedient, and intelligent. The German Shorthaired Pointer is quick to learn, and this can make training far easier, although some may have a stubborn or dominant streak that make them best suited to owner with some experience of dog ownership. Others may be overly submissive, and in order to ensure a well balance temperament early socialization in important. These are dogs that have plenty of energy and love to play, which means that you need to ensure that they receive plenty of physical activity as well as mental stimulation, otherwise boredom can set in and this lead to destructive behavior.

The German Shorthaired Pointer get along well with children, although his size can prove a problem if you have very small children, as they could inadvertently knock them over. They also tend to get along okay with other pets when well socialized, although some may chase cats and they can be aggressive with strange dogs. Their reaction around strangers can vary between friendly and reserved depending on the personality of the individual dog. This is a focused, dedicated, and protective breed, and can make a good watchdog. These are dogs that are well suited to family life, and are ideal for active people with confidence and assertiveness.

German Shorthaired Pointer Appearance

The German Shorthaired Pointer has a short, flat, close fitting coat, which is harsh in texture. The coloring of the German Shorthaired Pointer is usually liver and white, although some can be solid liver, and in some cases can be black instead of liver. These dogs have a sturdy and athletic build, and their expressions are intelligent and alert. The weight of the German Shorthaired Pointer is 45-60 pounds for females and 55-70 pounds for males. The height is 21-23 inches for females and 23-25 inches for males.

German Shorthaired Pointer Grooming

The grooming requirements for a German Shorthaired Pointer are not demanding, although you may need to step up grooming during times when your dog is shedding more heavily. Occasional brushing of the short coat will help to keep it in good condition. This breed is a medium shedder and sheds more heavily on a seasonal basis, so may not be ideal for those with allergies.

German Shorthaired Pointer Health Problems and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the German Shorthaired Pointer is around 14-16 years, and there are a number of health problems and disorders that have been linked to this breed. This includes HD and elbow dysplasia, thyroid problems, cataracts, epilepsy, vWD, and entropion. The parents of the German Shorthaired Pointer puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.

German Shorthaired Pointer History

The German Shorthaired Pointer originates from Germany, as the name suggests, and was bred to be a jack of all trades in the hunting field.