German Shorthaired Pointer. Intelligent, Bold, And Affectionate. The GSP Is A Fantastic Family Dog
"The German Shorthaired Pointer, also known as the Jagdhund, is a breed of dog that has been established on the Continent of Europe for generations, with more or less the same conformation".
During the 1800s in the country of Germany, The German Shorthaired Pointer Breed came on the scene, a dog created by cross breeding the Spanish pointer with other tracking dogs such as the Fox hound, Italian pointers and German bird dogs.
By combining these different breeds, the breeders developed a dog that was lean and versatile. A dog who was a hunter and a well mannered companion. This breed of dog belongs to the gundog group. One who could also be a tough competitor in modern day shows.
The German Shorthair Pointer was also meant to be family orientated, a fun loving, intelligent, member of the family.
This dog could be cheerful and comical as well as easy to train. They were made to be gentle and attractive to everyone of all ages. This dog could be a great friend for children, and an wonderful companion for seniors.
German shorthaired pointers are reliable watch dogs, they are loving and loyal.
They could be social in many situations but they also need to be loved and every german shorthaired pointer crave attention. The males are born leaders and tend to be dominant. They are really smart and can be trained to respond to verbal commands. They can be easily taught to get along with other pets.
The GSP's coat is short and flat with a dense undercoat protected by stiff guard hairs making the coat water resistant and allowing the dog to stay warm in cold weather. The color can be a dark brown, correctly referred to in English as liver.
The German Shorthaired is not usually prone to health problems due to the amount of exercise they require, however they may still be susceptible to epilepsy which is a disease which may cause him to have seizures. Another illness may be the Hermaphrodism which is when the dog has male and female genitals.
Their life span of the German shorthaired pointer is usually about twelve to fourteen years.
The short GSP coat needs very little grooming, just occasional brushing. The dog should be bathed only when needed.
Like all dogs with flop ears, GSP can be prone to ear infections and their ears require regular checking and cleaning. It is suggested you have your dog hips and eyes checked on a regular basis to keep the dog healthy. An important health concern for your dog may be that the dog needs a lot of exercise.
This breed of dog has an endless about of energy, and tend to do better with families that are active and have a sporting outdoor lifestyle. Also the ideal living situation of this dog would be a home in the country, as this breed loves to run and the wide open spaces are wonderful for this big busy dog.
The German Shorthaired training should be done by someone who has a great deal of experience.
Usually a professional should train your dog or you should take the time to know a lot about this type of dog, you will need to teach your dog that you have the upper hand and are in charge. Teaching this breed to hunt should be done in formal training sessions.
The German Shorthaired Pointer needs plenty of vigorous activity. This need for exercise (preferably off lead) coupled with the breed's natural instinct to hunt, means that training is an absolute necessity. The GSP distinctly independent character and superior intelligence.
Many dog trainers say that German shorthaired pointers should be trained to accept that everything they want should be earned. Keeping them on track by giving some kind of command every time they want to eat, go outside, or any of the other things dogs do, will help your dog learn who is in charge.