AKC Meet the Breeds: German Shorthaired Pointer

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A versatile hunter and all-purpose gun dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer possesses keen scenting power and high intelligence. The breed is proficient with many different types of game and sport, including trailing, retrieving, and pointing pheasant, quail, grouse, waterfowl, racoons, possum, and even deer. A medium-sized breed, he has an aristocratic bearing and can be solid liver (brown) or liver and white in color.

A Look Back
The origin of the German Shorthaired Pointer is not clear, but the source of the breed seems to have been the German Bird Dog, related to the old Spanish Pointer, and various crossings with local German scent hounds and track and trail dogs. When the Germans introduced the English Pointers to lend elegance to the German Shorthaired Pointer prototype, the result was a utility dog that combined sporting virtue with clean lines, good looks, and sound temperament.

Right Breed for You?
The German Shorthaired Pointer thrives as part of an active family. He is an even-tempered, intelligent, and loyal family watchdog that has enthusiasm for its work. An athlete, he can adapt to his living situation but requires consistent exercise. The GSP's short coat sheds but grooming is minimal.

  • Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1930.
  • Average size: 55 to 70 pounds and 23 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Gun dog, family pet.



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