The Pointer – The best for Hunting?

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a very sensitive, all-purpose and unique dog, very noble but friendly and deceitful. Pointers are generally very active when it comes to hunting, and they are very fond of sport, and this is mainly the purpose of their breeding. They possess great stamina and elegance and ever ready to be on the move.

The GS Pointers body is muscular and long, with long and thing sloping shoulders ears are positioned close to the eyes, with well-rounded eyes but moderately sized with a dark color. Their appearance is full of elegance and grace. The muzzle length is equal to the skull length. The breed chests are broad with broad ears that are close to the head.

The GS Pointer requires good nutrition right from their early age to their old age. Their coat also needs proper care and maintenance. They must be groomed daily if necessary. Both the nails and coat should be trimmed on a regular basis. They are popular to an extent in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Spain, Britain and some parts of the world.


The history of GS Pointers is believed to have originated from German. But, this breed was recognized in Britain. Their existence dated back to around 1650. They were used in hunting small forest animals like rabbit, hares, quail and so on. They are talented in tracking, gundog, field trials, and pointing. And ever since they came into existence, their appearance has changed a great deal; they now appear to be more refined and groomed.

They are quite very popular in the United States of America, especially in the South. They are also recognized in several Dog Association in America, Britain, New Zealand, Spain, etc.

Pointer Appearance

The male GS Pointer weighs between 55 to 75 pounds, while the female weighs between 45 to 65 pounds.

Also, their heights differ as the female is usually between 21 to 23 inches tall and the male can be between 23 to 25 inches tall.

Positive Traits

Generally, GSP is fun to have dogs, very energetic and active. They like to socialize with people and are good around children. Very playful and jovial dog that likes to participate in all activities. They are sensitive creatures and will alert their owners if anything seems strange to them in the house or inform them of strangers. They only bark when need be. They have good behavior and attitudes, very loyal and hardworking and do not get angry unnecessarily. They are clever, always eager to please and loves its owners.

Negative Traits

When not engaged in any activity, they tend to get frustrated easily. If the GSP notices that they are stronger or enthusiastic than their owners, they become unruly and stubborn and will not yield to instructions. They need dominating owners that is authoritative, and that will command them at will.

Training and Exercise

The GSP is always active when it comes to training and exercising. But, they are quite very intelligent and masters things faster. They require consistency and patience to master simple words. Treat and handle them fairly and firmly but never be harsh on them as you will end up regretting doing so. It is better to begin training a GS Pointer from a very early age, probably at two months old.

As a matter of fact, German Shorthaired Pointer likes to jog, hike, run, walk, hunt, etc. Training them in this aspect will be an added advantage for them. They are tireless, and if not allowed to use their energy, they can become destructive. If given the required exercise and training, they will make a great companion and pet.

Pointer Lifespan and Health

The GS Pointer can live for a period of about 13 to 18 years and are usually healthy. Most notable health conditions that GSP is prone to include: hip dysplasia, allergies, progressive retinal atrophy, congenital deafness, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, hermaphrodism, gastric torsion, mast cell tumor, aortic stenosis, pannus. With proper care and medication, these conditions can be treated.

In conclusion, GSP can live anywhere be it an apartment building, farmhouse, large yard, but all it requires is an active family that will engage it in daily activities.