The German shorthaired pointer (GSP) is a versatile hunting and gun dog who performs well on land and in the water.
The GSP has a well-muscled but proportionate body with a deep chest, a straight back and strong thighs.
The eyes of this breed are dark brown, almond-shaped and medium in size. GSPs have broad, flat ears that are set fairly high and do not hang away from the head. The tail is set high, is usually docked (note that this is illegal in many European countries) and is held low at rest and horizontally when in action. The compact feet are webbed.
The German shorthaired pointer's idea of heaven is a day hunting in the field and an evening curled up by its owner's side. This is an active dog that can become frustrated and "creative" if not given ample daily exercise, both mental and physical. It is a devoted family pet, although at times it is overly boisterous for small children. Because part of its heritage includes hunting mammals, some can be aggressive to small pets unless raised with them. It is a sensitive breed, responsive to gentle training. Some can whine or bark a lot.
German shorthaired pointers are friendly, smart, spirited and protective. They were bred to hunt and are extremely energetic.
Not a breed to keep cooped up for many hours at a time, GSPs must be exercised well both mentally and physically. In German Shorthaired Pointer, author Nona Kilgore Bauer warns, “A bored GSP, deprived of human companionship or exercise, can become agitated or destructive.”
Easy Training: The German Shorthaired Pointer is intelligent and has a well-deserved reputation of being highly trainable. German Shorthaired Pointers adapt easily to a wide variety of hunting and field jobs including pointing and retrieving on land and water.
Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
This breed is not recommended for apartment life and does best with a large yard and an active, athletic family. It may be able to jump any fence that is lower than 6 feet tall. Under exercised, bored GSPs are great escape artists.