Character And Temperament
The German Shorthaired Pointer breed originated in Germany, as a descendant of different European hound dogs. Today this is the first breed choice for many professional and recreational hunters.
These dogs are equally able on land and in the water when it comes to tracking and hunting. They can track down any game, ranging from birds and rabbits, all the way to deer and other larger animals.
This breed is very energetic and active. Pointers always like to work and are not appropriate for couch potatoes.
This dog will need a physically active owner.
However, hunting is not the only activity they are good at. We can also train them in agility, obedience, canicross, and other canine or human sports. They make perfect rescue and police dogs.
Socialization And Training
Energetic and active, protective, and clever. These dogs usually have close to zero aggression. It is easy to train them due to their intelligence and the need to please the owner. They might be reserved around strangers and bark, but are very rarely aggressive at all.
As these dogs are not that hard to train, they do need a fair amount of daily physical activity. As mentioned before, they are a perfect match for more active people.
Early training is essential. This breed requires a purpose in life, and with lack of activity, they will be destructive (destroying furniture, digging, etc.).
As puppies and young dogs, they can be additionally challenging.
From 6 months to 3 years of age, they have exceptionally high levels of energy. They will be more than happy to join you when hiking, running, cycling, skiing, playing, training, and any other form of more intense exercise.
Compatibility With Children
Due to their kind nature, they have an excellent relationship with people and are exceptionally gentle around children. With proper socialization, this breed is good with children of all ages.
They do best with children if they when raised together. It’s always important to teach children of all ages how to interact with dogs. Children and dogs should always be supervised, no matter the breed.
Compatibility With Other Pets
German Shorthaired Pointer usually get along well with other dogs. However, sometimes they might get aggressive towards the dog of the same sex, but almost always make friends with female dogs.
Due to their hound dog nature, they can be aggressive towards rabbits or cats in the household. If they have lived together from a young age, this can be prevented.
German Shorthairs are sometimes known to chase cats and any small critter from your property.
As we have mentioned before, this is a breed that requires a lot of exercise!
They will enjoy swimming, different dog sports, hiking, or just any type of activity outdoors . To keep them healthy and fit, they require a somewhat more intense physical activity twice a day.
They will be also great as rescue or police dogs and excel in agility, dock diving, obedience, and other dog sports.
This is a generally healthy breed. Withy buying a dog from a responsible breeder, you can avoid many conditions in German Shorthairs.
Things to potentially look out for are; ear infections, skin problems, and skin cancer.
In all large dog breeds, a potentially fatal condition called “Bloat” (their stomach fills with air), and can usually be resolved when immediately taking the dog to the vet.
To prevent this condition in any large breed, the dog shouldn’t exercise for an hour after drinking or eating.
The best time to feed them is in the late afternoon, or evening, when their sports activities are over.
The German Shorthaired Pointer does not require a lot of grooming. Brushing them every few days should be enough, except when they are shedding. In shedding periods, you might want to brush them every day.
They need to be bathed occasionally with a gentle shampoo. Cleaning and inspecting ears is important to prevent infections, especially if we take the dog swimming.
Did you know?
The first German shorthair arrived in the US in 1925.
The man responsible for bringing the dog to the US was Dr. Charles Thornton, who also began to breed these dogs. After 5 years, this breed was officially recognized by the Kennel Club of America.
Today these dogs are used as hunting dogs, as rescue and police dogs, and also as bomb detection dogs!