German Shorthaired Pointer

Large Size

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

Bred to tackle Germany's diverse terrains (dense forests, mountains and fields) and diverse game (wild boar, wild cats, deer, game birds), the GSP has been described as 'the perfect hunting machine'. It hunts, points and retrieves – and is devoted to its humans.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Someone that wants a really high-energy – inexhaustible – dog with a strong hunting instinct that's intelligent to boot. There are people that tick the right boxes, but not very many.

Not the best for ...

Fair-weather, weekend walkers. The GSP needs hours of walking every single day – and will always want more!

Aliases

GSP

Cross between

None

Origin

Germany

Size

Large
Large - but would still fit in a small car

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!

Coat

Smooth
Dogs that you mainly just need to polish! But be warned - short haired dogs moult all the time!

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

12 years

Good first dog?

No

HOW IT WORKS

The first step in responsible dog ownership

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Match with a breeder

Upon completing your introduction call a breeder will review your application. If successful you’ll be able to arrange a meeting and be accepted onto their waiting list. A Tailwise fee of £95 (excl. VAT) will be due at the point you pay a deposit.

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