German Shorthaired Pointer

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Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Germany
AKC Group:Sporting Group
UKC Group:Gun Dog
Use today:Bird dog
Life Span:12 to 14 years
Color:Solid liver or liver and white.
Coat:Short, dense and tough to the touch. Softer, thinner and shorter on the ears and the head.
Grooming:Brush weekly. Groom as needed.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:22 to 26 inches at the shoulder
Weight:45 to 70 pounds

This handsome, all-purpose gundog was developed in Germany for the sportsman who wanted a companion that could hunt either fur or feather, on land or over water. In Germany, where the breed is called the Kurzhaar, it has been known since the 17th century as a skilled tracker, pointer and retriever of game, watchdog and companion. First introduced to this continent in the 1920s, the breed is now well established and popular, both as a sporting dog and family pet. The GSP is sturdy, hardy and active with a short, hard, dense coat in liver and white, liver, roan or solid liver. A weekly rubdown keeps the coat in condition, and ears should be examined regularly and gently cleaned as necessary. Males measure 23 to 25 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 55 to 70 pounds; females are 2 inches and 10 pounds less. The breed adapts well to family life in either a suburban or country setting, but it has lots of energy. GSPs can become destructive when bored, so give them plenty of exercise. If you plan to use your GSP in the field, experts suggest starting training early.


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