German Shorthaired Pointer

KC Pedigree, Medium-Large

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.


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!



Cross between





Big, but will 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!


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


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

Life expectancy

12 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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