German Shorthaired Pointer


The German Shorthaired Pointer has an exceptionally developed body that is designed for quickness and agility. The breed has a lean frame. It stands erect on straight forelegs and angled back quarters. The neck is elongated and well muscled. Its muzzle is long. The nose is large and typically black. The breed’s ears are large and set high on its head, yet somewhat close together. For most types the tail is docked. Its coat is short and coarse.


Companionship is important to the German Shorthaired Pointer. It is an affectionate breed that enjoys spending time with its family playing or exercising. It will get along with other animals in the household. The relationship it has with other animals in the household is typically better when they grow up together. The breed is very protective of its family and is not easily intimidated. Keeping the breed occupied is important because it has a tendency to get into trouble when it is not interacting with its family or if it doesn’t have anything to do. The breed is a perfect match for children. It is energetic and playful and loves all the attention it can get.

Height and Weight

Male height: 23-25 inchesMale weight: 55-70Female height: 21-23 inchesFemale weight: 45-60 pounds

Health Problems

Most German Shorthaired Pointers will live a healthy life. However, there are some health problems associated with the breed. Epilepsy, and lymphedora are the most serious healthy problems the breed may develop. In addition to these conditions, the breed may develop Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) and gastric torsion.

Ideal Living Conditions

An outdoor environment is best for the German Shorthaired Pointer. It requires a significant amount of space and will do best in a wide-open space area, such as a backyard or ranch. The area where the breed is kept should have a well-developed fence to prevent the dog from escaping.


Ensuring the German Shorthaired Pointer requires sufficient exercise will benefit the breed and the family. The breed needs plenty of exercise or it may seek other avenues to release its energy, particularly destroying its family property. Daily physical exercise that is high impact is recommended.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy of the German Shorthaired Pointer is 12-15 years.

Litter Size

The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average of 8 puppies.


No more than weekly brushing and an occasional bath is needed to maintain the coat of the German Shorthaired Pointer. The coat may require more care during shedding seasons.


The German Shorthaired Pointer probably originated in the 17th century


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The Shorthaired Pointer has a coat of brown. The coat may also contain white markings.