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Since the German shorthaired pointer was developed to be a dog suited to family life as well as a
versatile hunter, the correct temperament is that of an intelligent, bold, and characteristically
affectionate dog that is cooperative and easily trained. They rank 17th in Stanley Coren's The
Intelligence of Dogs, being excellent working dogs. Shyness, fearfulness, over submissiveness,
aloofness, lack of biddability, or aggression (especially toward humans) are all traits that can occur, but
are more less likely to exhibit than not. The GSP is usually good with children, although care should be
taken because the breed can be boisterous especially when young. These dogs love interaction with
humans and are suitable pets for active families who will give them an outlet for their considerable
energy; in this regard some competively trained GSPs are walking dynamos; they must be avidly run
multiple times a week. Most German shorthaired pointers make excellent watchdogs. The breed
generally gets along well with other dogs, though females appear to be much more dominant during
interbreed interaction. A strong hunting instinct is correct for the breed, which is not always good for
other small pets such as cats or rabbits. With training, however, the family dog should be able to
discern what is prey and what is not, and they can live quite amicably with other family pets.

The German shorthaired pointer needs plenty of vigorous activity. This need for exercise (preferably off
lead) coupled with the breed's natural instinct to hunt, means that training is an absolute necessity. The
GSP distinctly independent character and superior intelligence mean that any unused energy will likely
result in the dog amusing itself, most probably in an undesirable manner.

Failure by the owner to give this active and intelligent dog sufficient exercise and/or proper training can
produce a German shorthaired pointer that appears hyperactive or that has destructive tendencies.
Thus the breed is not a suitable pet for an inactive home or for inexperienced dog owners. Although
these dogs form very strong attachments with their owners, a bored GSP that receives insufficient
exercise may feel compelled to exercise himself. These dogs are athletic and can escape from four foot
and sometimes six foot enclosures with little difficulty. Regular hunting, running, carting, bikejoring,
skijoring, mushing, dog scootering or other vigorous activity can alleviate this desire to escape. The
natural instinct to hunt may result in the dog hunting alone and sometimes bringing home occasional
dead trophies, such as cats, rats, pigeons and other urban animals. In addition to exercise, especially
formal hunting, the GSP needs to be taught to distinguish legitimate prey and off limits animals.

Like the other German pointers (the German wirehaired pointer and the less well known German
longhaired pointer), the GSP can perform virtually all gundog roles. It is pointer and retriever, an upland
bird dog and water dog. The GSP can be used for hunting larger and more dangerous game, and in
addition has a scent hound's talented nose. It is an excellent swimmer but also works well in rough
terrain. It is tenacious, tireless, hardy, and reliable. In short, it is a superb all-around field dog that
remains popular with hunters of many nationalities.

The GSP is intelligent and bred for a certain amount of independence (e. g., when a dog is working out
of sight or sound of its handler in the field). Along with its superb hunting ability and companionable
personality, the intelligence and the obedience of the GSP make it one of the more popular large

During hunting sessions, a completely instinctive scent-hiding activity through rubbing against carrion
can be observed.
Breed Specific Products
Prized for his versatility and hunting prowess,
the German Shorthaired Pointer is counted
among the most talented of all working dogs,
willing to please his master and easy to train.
The breed, alert and energetic, understandably
has become a favorite pet choice for many dog
owners. This sporting dog’s natural intelligence
is evident in his soft brown eyes, which
harmoniously balance his characteristic liver-
colored coat. For the active family seeking an
obedient, attentive and protective dog, the
German Shorthair will not fall short.

This book provides the necessary information
about German Shorthairs and their ancestry in
Europe and the US, breed characteristics and
standard, as well as puppy selection, feeding,
training, preventative health care and behavior
of the breed. The new owner will welcome advice
about puppy-proofing the home, preparing for
the pup’s arrival, housebreaking and preventing
puppy problems. In addition to an authoritative,
comprehensive text, this book presents over 135
photographs in full color, which prove to be as
informative as they are attractive.
The go-to resource for keeping pups
healthy and happy...Takes the guesswork
out of caring for any kind of dog.

An indispensable medical reference for
every dog-owning household. Written by
a veterinarian with a gift for presenting
complex information in a lively, accessible
way, this book covers everything from
choosing the right puppy (or adopting the
perfect adult) to caring for the senior dog.

Thoroughly discusses more than 100
canine illnesses, and includes the most
up-to-date information on pet food safety,
"designer" dog breeds, homemade diets,
vaccine protocols, obesity and heart
disease, pet insurance, and more.