Since the German Shorthaired Pointer was developed to be a dog suited to family life as well as a versatile hunter, the correct temperament is that of an intelligent, bold, boisterous, eccentric, and characteristically affectionate dog that is willing to learn.

The GSP is usually good with children, although care should be taken because the breed can be boisterous especially during the puppy and adolescent stages. These dogs love interaction with humans and are suitable pets for active families who will give them an outlet for their considerable energy.  Most German shorthaired pointers make excellent watchdogs. A strong hunting instinct is a typical trait of the breed, which is not always good for other small pets such as cats or rabbits. With training, however, the family dog should be able to discern what is prey and what is not, and they can live quite amicably with other family pets.

The GSP thrives with plenty of exercise. This need for free running, coupled with the breed's natural instinct to hunt, means that recall training is an absolute necessity. Failure by the owner to give this active and intelligent dog sufficient exercise and proper training can produce a German Shorthaired Pointer that appears hyperactive or has destructive tendencies. Time invested in training and providing adequate exercise will reward the owner with a fit and obedient companion.

About the Breed

The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) is a medium to large sized breed of dog developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting. The breed is streamlined, yet powerful with strong legs that make it able to move rapidly and turn quickly. The German Shorthaired Pointer'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 colour can be solid liver, liver and white, solid black, or black and white. Commonly the head is a solid colour and the body is ticked (speckled), sometimes with large patches of solid colour called "saddles". Roan coats are also common, with or without patching.  The ears are set high on the head and the muzzle is long, broad, and strong, allowing the GSP to retrieve even heavy game.  The eyes are generally dark brown.

When the GSP is in classic point stance, the tail should be held straight out from the body forming a line with the pointing head and body. Like all German pointers, GSP have webbed feet. They are known for going after water fowl in the water. Working GSP's often have the tail docked.  

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