The German Shorthaired Pointer - The All-Purpose Gundog
The German Shorthaired Pointer was developed in Germany during the 19th century as can be seen by the name. Initially the breed was developed as an all-purpose gundog due to its exceptional skills in game finding, pointing and retrieving. The German Shorthaired Pointer is the perfect companion for any hunter as the dog is alert, intelligent and has an amazing sense of smell that is ideal for hunting game.
The GSP takes instruction very well which is another reason why it is the perfect hunting companion and works harder than most working dogs of a similar size. It can work on both open ground and water with equal enthusiasm making it a truly versatile animal in the field. As a breed, the GSP is loyal and level-headed which makes it great as a hunter but also a brilliant pet. The dog is endearing to all members of the family and has a protective nature that is without aggression which makes it the perfect addition to any family home.
Even though the German Shorthaired Pointer makes a great pet, it is important to remember that this dog is essentially a working gundog with a lot of energy. Therefore, it needs to be exercised daily in order to keep both mind and body active and healthy. GSP’s are highly trainable due to their hunting origins and will prove very loyal pets if treated with love and care. If you do not have the time or the space to exercise your pet then the German Shorthaired Pointer is not for you. This breed will not be happy as a lap dog or a flat dweller and may develop behavioral issues later in life. The breed does love children and people in general so you should have no problems socializing your pet.
As soon as you look at a German Shorthaired Pointer you can tell that they are renowned for their power, speed and steady nature. Energetic-looking and powerful with adequate muscles, this medium sized dog has an impressive bone composition and a coat that gives the animal a thoroughbred appearance.
Although the German Shorthaired Pointer is powerful and active, they are also approachable and gentle towards humans and other animals. They are not nervous or unpredictable and make great pets for families. They love to play and the more energetic the better so make sure you have enough dog toys and time to devote to exercising your pet on a regular basis. Exercise is also very important for mental stimulation with this breed.
As these dogs are shorthaired their coat does not take too much looking after. You will have to brush them on a regular basis with a firm brush though and keep bathing to only when it is absolutely necessary. Being shorthaired these dogs don’t shed so are perfect for those with allergies. Always have the right dog supplies at hand to deal with this. If your dog takes part in working exercise it is essential to check their feet and ears afterwards to make sure that everything is ok in that area.
Due to the nature of the work they were developed for, German Shorthaired Pointers are relatively tough health animals and suffer from few health problems. However, if your dog is involved in hunting activities you need to be careful about the spread of bacteria and fungi from coming into contact with the game.
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a longer life expectancy than other dogs of this size and most live up to 14 years with no problems. This means that you can enjoy many years with this loyal and affectionate pet!
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