Everything You Need to Know About German Shorthaired Pointers

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German Shorthaired Pointers (GSPs) are super smart hunting dogs that are live wires! These gun dogs are built for the field and their slick, slender bodies prove it. They are ranked the 11th most popular dog breed in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC) records.

But just because they excel as versatile hunters doesn't mean they don't make great household dogs, even around small pets and small children. Non-hunters will say that GSPs are super friendly and make wonderful companions and family dogs if they get enough daily exercise!

GSPs have a beautiful hunting point and are often described as "regal." The breed was produced in 17th century Germany by crossing Spanish Pointer, English Foxhound, and local German tracking hounds which each attribute to their extraordinary sense of smell. The breed was brought to America in1925 by Dr. Charles Thornton of Montana, who began breeding the dogs.

German Shorthaired Pointers are noticeable by their ticking and patches of color that can range from black and white to solid liver to roan and combinations of all four.

While their main health concerns include hip dysplasia, these high-energy dogs are generally healthy dogs. Their life span generally ranges from 12 to 15 years.

They are generally healthy dogs but when talking with a breeder or rescue group it's good to consider any possible breed health problems. One is hip dysplasia and another you should inquire about is entropion, an issue with their eyelid.

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To find out where to get yourself a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy, visit the German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America for a list of reputable breeders and resources for adoption.

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