meet theGerman Shorthaired Pointer

Male German Shorthaired Pointers stand between 23 and 25 inches at the shoulder and can weigh anywhere from 55 to 70 pounds; females are smaller in height and weight. The coat is solid liver (a reddish brown), or liver and white in distinctive patterns. Built to work long, hard days in the field or at the lake, GSPs are known for power, speed, agility, and endurance. The overall look is often described as "noble" and "aristocratic."


Training &Temperament

It quickly establishes a bond between you and your Shorthair and makes him a joy to live with. In urban areas, there are obedience clubs which offer training classes, starting with very young dogs and working up to advanced courses for the serious obedience competitor. Consistency and repetition are the keys to success in this training. If you plan to hunt your Shorthair, basic obedience training forms the base from which you will work to bring your dog to higher performance levels.

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Did You Know?

The German Shorthaired Pointer was first admitted into the AKC Stud Book in March 1930.

The first AKC Licensed Specialty Show for the German Shorthaired Pointer was held in Chicago on March 29-30, 1941 at the International Kennel Club Show.

German Shorthaired Pointers are versatile hunters and all-purpose gun dogs.

The main source of basic foundation stock for the German Shorthaired Pointer seems to have been the German Bird Dog.

Germans in the late 19th and early 20th century selectively bred the GSP for biddability, with steps taken later to improve stance, style, and nose, or order to produce the quintessential field dog.

The first AKC-licensed Field Trial for the breed was held by the German Shorthaired Pointer parent club at Anoka, MN, on May 21, 1944.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Black & White 019
Black Roan 497
Liver 123
Liver & White 125
Liver Roan 126
White 199
White & Liver 212


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Patched 045
Patched & Ticked 068
Ticked 013
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