German Short Haired Pointer
This dog is thought to be descended from the German Bird Dog, which was related to the Old Spanish Pointer, a breed that arrtved in Germany in the 17th century. English Pointers were included in the mix at some point, along with a breed known as the Arkwright Pointer. The modern form of the dog was settling down around 1870, and it was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930.
German Shorthaired Pointers are a kind and adaptable breed. They’re ideal companions and will fit right into a family setting. They are usually friendly with everyone they meet. Early socialization will help produce a fully rounded and respectful dog. Exercise is very important for these dogs and they will get frustrated if left indoors for too long.
German Shorthaired Pointers may be prone to canine hip dysplasia (CHD), elbow dysplasia, blood clotting disease, heart disease, cancer, hypothyroidism, bloat, allergies and eye diseases.
- Status: Common
- Life Expectancy: 12 - 14 years
- Weight: 45 - 70 pounds
- Rare: No
- Coat: Short
- Grooming Requirements: Once a week
- Town or Country: Country
- Minimum Home Size: Large House
- Minimum Garden Size: Large Garden
- Breed Type: Gun Dog
- Size: Large
- Energy Level: High
- Exercise Required: Over 2 hours
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