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German Shorthaired Pointers are a large sized dog. Their coats are short, thick, and water-repellent with the head area featuring softer hair than the rest of the body. German Shorthaired Pointers can come in a variety of colours including solid liver, liver and white, liver with ticked or patches, white ticked or liver roan.
This breed has a smooth and short coat which means they don’t shed as much as other dogs, but they still shed a little. It’s recommended to brush German Shorthaired Pointers once a week.
Female German Shorthaired Pointers usually weigh up to 28 kg and can grow as tall as 60 cm. Males weigh up to 32 kg and can also grow up to 60cm.
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This breed is very smart, enthusiastic, kind, gentle, and nervous. They don’t like to be left alone for too long because they suffer from separation anxiety. It is also important to know that this breed is much happier as a house dog rather than a yard dog.
These dogs are very easy to train and they are more than willing to learn. You should know that German Shorthaired Pointers are avid explorers and need to constantly go and see new places. It is recommended to take them to walks in new places often. They require a significant amount of exercise and stimulation.
German Shorthaired Pointers are great when they grow up with children because they see themselves as one of the family and they can be less aggressive to children if they have grown up together. In some instances it is better to purchase a German Shorthaired Pointer when you have teenage or older children.
These dogs get along perfectly with dogs of the opposite sex but they can get aggressive to those of the same sex. They can also get aggressive to furry animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and furry cats.
A secure yard is a must because their inquisitive nature can cause them to run away, jump fences, and dig deep holes if they are bored or simply if something exciting grabs their attention.
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German Shorthaired Pointers do not really have a clear documented history of their roots. The American Kennel Club believes that their ancestors are the German Bird Dog breed which is related to the Spanish Pointer which was introduced to Germany during the 1700s. The reason why these dogs have a confused history is because there was so much cross-breeding.
The first German Shorthaired Pointer was brought to America in 1925 by Dr Charles Thornton of Montana. They were also sued during the mid-19th century as hunting dogs.
They joined the American Kennel Club in 1930, only five years after coming to America.
The German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Victoria Inc. http://www.gspclubvic.net/
German Shorthaired Pointer Club of SA Inc. http://www.dogssa.com.au/?club=german-shorthaired-pointer-club-of-sa-inc
GSP Club of WA: http://www.gspclubwa.net/