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German Shorthaired Pointer

Breed origin: Germany
Original purpose: Hunter and all-purpose gun dog.

AKC recognized: 1930
AKC group: Sporting

Size: Weight: males 55 to 70 lbs; females 45 to 60 lbs
Size: Height: males 23 to 25 inches; females 21 to 23 inches
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Color: Solid liver or a combination of liver and white such as liver and white ticked, liver patched and white ticked, or liver roan.

Life span: 10 to 12 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The German Shorthaired Pointer is friendly, intelligent, even-tempered, loyal, and willing to please. They are versatile hunters and are proficient with many different types of game and sport. They are athletic and have a keen enthusiasm for work. They have webbed feet and tend to be good swimmers. They require consistent exercise and thrive as part of an active family. If properly trained and socialized, they generally do well with and are protective of children, although an exuberant puppy might knock down small children.

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Good with children? Yes if properly trained and socialized.

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? No

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Exercise requirement: Brisk walk or jog, or play sessions in a fenced area, at least half an hour twice daily.

Grooming requirement: They do shed but regular brushing and periodic baths will help minimize it.

Known health problems: Hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cardiac problems, ectropian, epilepsy, cancer, ear infections.

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Recommended books for further reading:

German Shorthaired Pointers (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Chris C. Pinney, DVM
Published in 2008
96 pages

German Shorthaired Pointer (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Nona Kilgore Bauer
Published in 2003
158 pages

The German Shorthaired Pointer (A Hunter's Guide)
By David Mark Gowdey
Published in 2008
248 pages

The German Shorthaired Pointer (An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet)
By Nancy Campbell
Published in 1999
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue

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