Guten tag. Here’s a new name for you – Prince Albert zu Somsbrauenfels! He’s the gentleman that owned our first stock. In truth, we were a bit slow under the Prince and so were later bred with English Pointers. This gave us much greater speed without loss of our German scenting ability. The German writer Thomas Mann was a great admirer of us and we featured in some of his work. A German shorthaired pointer also made a bit of a cameo in a 1978 film called ‘Days of Heaven’.
What do I look like?
We’re a well balanced dog with power, endurance and symmetry. We move fast so be ready to keep up! Our ears are moderately long and our eyes are typically brown. If our eyes are more yellowy in nature then that is seen as a fault by the breed police so we’d struggle in the show ring. Our coat is short and dense with a good undercoat. This means we can withstand good temperatures outside. You could find us either solid black, solid liver or a combination of both with a little bit of spotted white in the mix.
What do I need from you?
As with other pointing/retriever dogs we need exercise and lots of it. This is just our nature – it is what we were bred for. So we hope to go to an active home. Like other deep-chested dogs, us German shorthaired pointers are prone to gastric torsion, or bloating as you might know it. The usual precautions should be taken – refraining from feeding immediately before or after exercise, feeding several smaller meals throughout the day instead of a single, large one and avoiding the consumption of large amounts of water with dried food. We may also be prone to hip dyspepsia.
What I will give in return
We are a good family dog although can be a little boisterous when young so need to be watched around small children. Typically we give lots of affection and a great excuse to get outdoors! Like other pointers we can perform virtually all gundog roles. We are a pointer, retriever, upland bird dog and water dog all rolled into one. This means that if you are the hunting type then we can be used for hunting larger and more dangerous game. We’re excellent swimmers. Did I mention that we’re also tenacious, tireless, hardy, and reliable? A bit of a canine Bear Grylls!
How big will I get?
Reasonably big. We’re in the 23in (58cm) band of dog and can weigh in at anything from 45lb (20kg) to 70lb (32kg).
How long should I be around for?
Various studies have recorded average lifespans of anything from 9 to 12 years. Hopefully we’ll live a little longer though – about one in 8 German shorthaired pointers make it to 15.
How big is our litter?
Can be up to double figures but 7-8 pups would be average.
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