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Understanding and Training a German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer

This is a very enthusiastic & exuberant breed that requires a lot of vigorous exercise, yet a calm, interactive living environment.  Too much confinement as well as too much other surrounding hyperactivity will make this breed restless, noisy and perhaps destructive.  Therefore, German Shorthaired Pointers are best suited for an owner that can keep them exercised and relaxed.

The German Shorthaired is a biddable & intelligent, but also easily distracted.  They require firm, persistent and purposeful obedience training to keep them stimulated.  A

well balanced Pointer is encouraged to develop their brain constructively through human intervened learning activities.

The careful selection of crossbreeding make this breed well suited to family life, and a versatile hunter - arguably the one of the only breeds able to successfully perform all gundog roles. Nurture the gentle, affectionate characteristics for a responsive, even-tempered loyal companion and exceptional watchdog.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: German Shorthaired Pointer

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 45 - 70 lbs (22 - 32 kg); 61 - 69 cm
  • General Temperament: Lively, Biddable & Affectionate
  • General Description: A vigorously active & versatile hunter, the German Shorthaired Pointer also has a gentle, affectionate side and makes a desirable companion for the active family.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience   x      
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required x        
Activity Indoors x        
Ease of Training     x    
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements       x  


Brief History

The Pointer has been a hunting dog since the 1600's, with the German Shorthaired version developed in the 1800's by crossing the Spanish Pointer with other scent and tracking breeds for a more versatile hunter.


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