German Shorthaired Pointers (GSPs) are an active breed that will be barely warmed up after a walk around the block. Their high energy level must be matched with an active owner who will take him running, biking or hiking. Originally bred to hunt many types of animals, the German Shorthaired Pointer loves nothing more than to retrieve a ball from land or on water during a game of fetch. They are very intelligent although they are late to mature. The GSP will bark at strangers when they approach however they are not aggressive towards them. After a long and active day with you, they’ll happily play with children or snuggle up next to you on the couch. These dogs love their family and should not be left alone for long periods of time as their intelligence will help them find something to keep themselves occupied – usually getting into something that you don’t want them to!
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Given enough exercise, GSPs make great house dogs. We recommend crate training them as young pups to prevent them from getting into trouble when you are not around to supervise them. Keep training sessions short with these ones because they will become bored after a while. Positive reinforcement is key for the development of these dogs.
Common Health Issues
German Shorthaired Pointers are prone to: Hip Dysplasia, Cancer, Lymphedema, Entropion, Von Willebrand's Disease, Bloat.