German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is still first and foremost a versatile hunting dog that is much appreciated and sought after, especially by lovers of game bird hunting. However, despite his excellent qualities as a hunting dog, this breed is a great companion dog. Families will be delighted by his attitude, affection and his beautiful qualities as a family companion. Even if the hunting dog is appreciated, he deserves to be discovered in the role of life companion where he excels with both large and small.

Height 58 to 66 cm
Weight 28 to 32 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 13 years
Hair Loss Low
Excercise Need High
Home country Germany

Quick Overview of the German Shorthaired Pointer


  • Gentle and quiet
  • Intelligent
  • Loves games
  • Doesn't tolerate shouting


  • Distinguished and harmonious line
  • Impression of nobility and pride
  • Very fast with great strength
  • Dress can be of various colors


  • No particular problem
  • Generally in very good health

Temperament of the German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a gentle, intelligent, quiet and fairly calm dog that does not tolerate shouting and abrupt manners very well. This pointing dog with his hunting qualities is also an excellent companion dog.

His good character makes him a family favourite. He loves to play with children and will be ready to defend them against any potential danger.

This dog is not particularly nervous, but he will be more stubborn if orders are abrupt and if he is shouted at unfairly. He may even stop cooperating completely and sulk.

Endowed with a very active temperament, his upbringing must be gentle but firm. Softness and complicity are necessary to make him an obedient dog. He learns very quickly and gets along well with other dogs.

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Breed Appearance

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Almost aerodynamic, his distinguished and harmonious line leaves an impression of nobility and great pride. Highly resistant, the German Shorthaired Pointer amazes with his speed and great strength.


Between 62 and 66 cm (24.41 to 25.98 inches) for the male
Between 58 and 63 cm (22.83 to 24.80 inches) for the female


Between 28 and 32 kg (61.73 to 70.55 pounds) for the male
Between 28 and 32 kg (61.73 to 70.55 pounds) for the female


His dress can be of various colours. Brown, brown roan, brown with white patches, white on the head with brown patches or black with the same brown shades as his coat are all possibilities for the German Shorthaired Pointer.


His coat is rough, dry, very dense and short.


His head is rather well defined and dry with a bushy muzzle. His brown eyes are medium size. His ears are also medium size and fall down along the head. His nose varies according to the coat.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 1 and is #119

Characteristics of the German Shorthaired Pointer

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy: between and
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

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Tips About this breed

As he prefers the outdoors to the cosy comfort of the living room, the German Shorthaired Pointer must be taken out very often if he lives in an apartment. He learns quickly and adapts easily, and he will be able to easily adapt to the apartment routine as long as he benefits from his daily exercise.

Being very happy in the open air, the countryside or the city house with a large garden will be perfect for him. This discreet and calm dog most of the time does not usually cause any problems for neighbouring houses.

Whether you are a country or city dweller, this breed can easily make everyone happy. Of course, game bird hunters love him, but families can also benefit from his great qualities as a companion dog.

Health of the German Shorthaired Pointer

With no particular problems, he is very robust and generally in excellent health. His need for exercise is vital and must be provided on a continuous basis. His physical capacities are such that he can be fit for work for many years without damaging his health.


The German Shorthaired Pointer does not require any particular maintenance except for his need for exercise, which is great and must be met daily. It is also preferable to inspect his ears regularly.

History of this breed

The German Wirehaired Pointer is basically a pointing dog. There are three categories of German Wirehaired Pointer, including the short-haired German Pointer, the hard-haired German Pointer and the straight-haired German Pointer. The best known and most widespread is the short-haired one.

This very versatile hunting dog apparently comes from a cross between an old Spanish Pointer and an English Pointer. Introduced to Germany around the 17th century, his origins are very nebulous. The Kurzhaar, as he is called in Germany, is said to date back to before the development of the double-barrelled shotgun in 1750.

Initially, the German Shorthaired Pointer was used for bait and game birds with nets hunting. His great ability to stop game was much sought after in those days. After 1750, the German Shorthaired Pointer was transformed from a pure pointing dog into a versatile dog.

The Zuchtbuch Deutsch-Kurzhaar, the book on the origins of the breed, was published in 1897 and sets standards, simple working trial rules and judging regulations for the dog's morphology. Prince Albrecht of Solms-Braunfeld laid down the outline of the German Shorthaired Pointer at that time.

Nowadays, this versatile hunting dog is selected through elaborate trials and standard breeding rules that allow him to do a variety of work.

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