AKC PuppyFinder: German Shorthaired Pointer Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Friendly, smart, willing to please
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Like most pointing breeds, GSPs thrive on running and exercise
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 23-25 inches (male), 21-23 inches (female)
  • Weight: 55-70 pounds (male), 45-60 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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A star among hunting dogs, the German Shorthaired Pointer excels at all kinds of hunting, on land and water. Extremely smart and willing to work, the breed is full of enthusiasm and boundless energy packed into an elegant, agile body. Your German Shorthaired Pointer puppy is easily trainable and forms strong loving bonds to his people, especially kids. He's always up for physical exercise, whether running, dog sports, swimming or any vigorous outdoor activity. He's happiest with lots of play time and loving attention from you.

History & Job
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Origin: Germany

Year Recognized: 1930

Breed History & Job Description: German hunters spent generations crossing various breeds until they perfected this versatile gundog sometime in the 1800s. They were so successful that, to this day, GSPs are among the top-winning breeds in competitive hunting events. Famous for their beautiful movement and great scenting ability, GSPs are used to hunt all kinds of game. And with their water-repellent coat, they work as well in water as on land. No wonder GSP lovers call their dog the “perfect pointer.”

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Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease and congenital cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of German Shorthaired Pointers are healthy dogs. Regular veterinary care and proper feeding are vital to your dog's health. Yearly DHLPP vaccinations, rabies shots, a monthly heart worm preventative regimen, and in many parts of the country a Lyme Disease vaccination, should not be neglected.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
  • Cone Degeneration DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.gspca.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 11
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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puppy's parentage, going back 3 generations,
earned an AKC Conformation Championship
and/or Grand Championship title.
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health testing standards and participate in continuing education.
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are members of AKC-licensed or member clubs.
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