The German Shorthaired Pointer, or GSP for short, is a German breed. This breed is one of the most versatile breeds. They are a superb hunting dog who also is a wonderful family companion. A very handsome dog, who will hunt feathered and furred game and trail deer. He is one of the few hunting breeds that can perform virtually all gundog roles. Witht this said, they are happy to play with the kids or go on a hike. Even better, they will settle in for the evening and curl up next to you. The GSP is an enthusiastic dog who is intelligent and high energy. They love being people pleasers. Whatever you ask of your GSP, he will gladly comply with unshakable reliability.
For more on the breed check out the American Kennel Club
The life expectancy of the German Shorthaired Pointer is 12-15 years.
Size & Activity Level
They will range in size from 45-70 pounds, and part of the Sporting Group
The GSP is a highly energetic, intelligent dog is enthusiastic at work and play. He likes being with people and is a good friend to children, albeit a bit rambunctious for little ones. That people-loving personality causes the GSP to be unhappy if left alone for long periods. Notably, he can become nervous and destructive if he's not provided with regular companionship and exercise. He'll bark at strangers but isn't aggressive. Males tend to be more outgoing and are more aggressive hunters than females.
GSPs like to please their people and will work hard for them, especially if they're rewarded with praise, play, or food. They typically aren't stubborn and learn new exercises quickly. However, the biggest challenge is to keep them focused on training, as they can get bored easily. This is one of the few hunting breeds that can perform virtually all gundog roles. The GSP can be a pointer and a retriever. He can hunt upland birds and waterfowl, as well as rabbits, raccoons, and deer. Whatever you ask of your GSP, he will gladly comply with unshakable reliability. It is extremely important they are given the right amount of exercise and stimulation to promote optimal health.
Care & Grooming
This breed has a short coat. It is flat, thick and dense. This makes it water resistant. The breed is extremely easy to groom. They will need to be brushed regularly. An occasional bath only when necessary will suffice. They love a soft warm bed. They can live outdoors, but like all dogs prefer indoors.