German Shorthaired PointerCare

The short, sleek coat is an easy-keeper; ears need regular cleaning.

The German Shorthaired Pointer thrives as part of an active family. He is an even-tempered, intelligent and loyal family watchdog that has enthusiasm for its work. An athlete, he can adapt to his living situation, but requires consistent exercise. The GSP's short coat sheds, but grooming is minimal.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium-sized breed and has a lifespan of 11 to 13 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


With regular weekly grooming with a soft brush and a hound glove as well as the occasional bath, your GSP will keep clean and his looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Short
grooming Occasional Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

GSPs make happy, trainable pets who become firmly attached to their family, especially kids, and want always to be at the center of things. Their dark brown eyes shine with enthusiasm and friendliness. GSPs are always up for physical activity like running, swimming, organized dog sports—in fact, anything that will burn some of their boundless energy while spending outdoors time with a human buddy. This eager breed does best with regular exercise, positive training, and lots of love.

energy level Lots of Exercise

German Shorthaired Pointer &HEALTH

Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease and congenital cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of German Shorthaired Pointers are healthy dogs. Regular veterinary care and proper feeding are vital to your dog's health.

Yearly DHLPP vaccinations, rabies shots, a monthly heart worm preventative regimen, and in many parts of the country a Lyme Disease vaccination, should not be neglected. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a German Shorthaired Pointer can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.