German Shorthaired Pointer

Sporting Group

German Shorthaired Pointer lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 21-23 in, Males 23-25 in

Weight

Females 45-60 lbs, Males 55-70 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The German Shorthaired Pointer originated in Germany sometime during the 1800's. In the 17-1800's, German breeders were focused on creating a versatile bird dog, crossing different hounds with pointers. The result was the German Shorthaired Pointer, which, to this day, is one of the most versatile and successful hunting breeds around. The breed excels as a pointing bird dog, a scent trailer of everything from opossums to deer, a retriever on land and water (they even have webbed feet), a duck dog, and a companion and watchdog. In fact, the German Shorthaired Pointer is one of the top winning breeds in hunting events.

Breed Characteristics

While not all German Shorthaired Pointers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★☆☆

★★

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

☆☆

Common Traits

Intelligent, enthusiastic, and energetic

Eager to please and can be easy to train if training is kept interesting

Very people-oriented and can become destructive and anxious if left alone for long

Love to swim and are equipped with webbed toes and a waterproof coat

Huge exercise demands: need about 1-2 hours of intensive exercise per day