Breed of the Week: German Shorthaired Pointer
German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) stands at 21-25 inches and weighs approximately 45-70lbs with males being substantially larger than females. The GSP has a short, dense coat with patterns usually of liver and white. Any other color such as red or black can occur naturally but is penalized in show sport and generally not preferred by breeders. They require minimal grooming.
The GSP is an intense breed with a drive for action and a willingness to please. They are a consummate sporting breed and are in need of a lot of exercise and stimulation. Generally an outgoing dog, the GSP does well with children and other animals though is not an ideal apartment dog.
The GSP is prone to many of the same health concerns that other similarly sized pure breeds have; namely eye and joint issues such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy and luxating patellas.
• The German Shorthaired Pointer is a quintessential hunting dog with a variety of skills including trailing, retrieving and pointing.
• Until the 1800s, GSPs had a variety of accepted looks and were only bred for performance. A standard look and coat type was developed in the 1800s.
• The German Shorthaired Pointer is more popular today in the United States than in Germany, where a wiry coated pointer is preferred.