German Shorthaired Pointer

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German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer Overview

Thanks to their distinctive coat, which is a reddish brown or liver brown and white with unique patterns, German Shorthaired Pointers (GSP) are easy to spot once you know one. The medium size breed has an aristocratic air to it, typically standing between 23 and 25 inches at the shoulder and weighing anywhere from 55 to 70 pounds (male), with females slightly smaller. No strangers to a history of hard work, the breed is known for its power, speed, endurance and agility. The friendly dog is happy, affectionate and highly trainable, making it a solid family-friendly option—as long as it lives in an active environment.

Not ones to lounge around for too long, these energetic dogs thrive when burning off their seemingly unlimited energy doing things like running, swimming, chasing a ball or organized dog sports. The breed’s strong legs give it speed and agility to keep up with other active dogs and humans. Natural hunters, GSPs are strong athletes on land and in the water. They are known to be particularly boisterous when young, so early and effective training is important. Like any sporting dog, German Shorthaired Pointers typically excel in as much space as possible. 

Did you know?

The nose of a German Shorthaired Pointer matches their coat!

German Shorthaired Pointer Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

Popularity ranking**
21-25 in / 45-70 lbs (M)
Average lifespan
10-12 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

2-3 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

1-2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brush every few days

Dog Food

Feeding your German Shorthaired Pointer

Like any healthy and active canine, German Shorthaired Pointers should enjoy meals of a high-quality dog food that is appropriate to their age (puppy, adult or senior) and activity level. A growing puppy under the age of six months will require more than twice-daily feedings, but as the dog reaches adulthood, a meal to start the day and end the day should be sufficient. As the breed tends to bloat, it’s best that German Shorthaired Pointers are not feed immediately following rigorous exercises and shouldn’t be encouraged to run or do excessive cardio for at least an hour after eating and drinking.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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