german short haired pointers

German Short Haired Pointers

Powerful, Energetic, Velcro

The German short-haired pointer is a hunting breed developed in, as the name suggests, Germany. Great hunter for both land and water, friendly towards humans and other pets, loyal are a few things that describe it

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Health

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 23 – 25 inches

Weight

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  • 55 – 70 lbs

Lifetime

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  • 12 – 14 years

Health Risk

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Hip Dysplasia

What is it?:

This genetic health issue is the one where the hip joint loosens up which causes dysfunction and pain. Over time, this may result into arthritis, muscle atrophy and limitations in mobility

% of dogs affected

25-30%

Clinical signs

  • Staying in bed instead of going out
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty or reluctance in climbing stairs, rising up, jumping or running
  • Loss of muscle mass in the thighs
  • Noticeable enlargement of the shoulder muscles as they compensate for the hind end
  • Flinches when the lower back muscles are touched

Treatment

Treatment may include surgery and chiropractic therapy

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Pannus

What is it?:

Another genetic condition which is no immune to German Shorthaired Pointers is Pannus which affects the cornea of the dogs and in some cases can even lead to blindness if not treated during early stages

% of dogs affected

6-7%

Clinical signs

Although it is a non-painful type of a disease but left untreated, it can lead to blindness and hence must be checked for symptoms, which include –

  • Pinkish mass on the cornea
  • Difference in the size of both eyes
  • Inflammation around the eyes
  • Mucoid discharge from the eyes

Treatment

A common treatment is through medications that can keep the blood vessels growth and cloud formation under control. In some cases, your dog may also need a surgery to remove the pigmentation in the cornea.

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Bold

Owing to its hunting background, German Shorthaired Pointers are known to be bold and even boisterous at times

Energetic and Enthusiastic

The breed has a very high level of energy causing its hyperactive nature which should be fed with sufficient exercise and play

Friendly

GSPs have been developed to be good on as well as off the hunting field. It does good in a family given that it is active around it

Lifetime Care

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Coat

German Shorthaired Pointer has a short and flat over-coat coupled with a stiff water-resistant undercoat

Colors

You may find this breed in a variety of brown, dark brown, liver, black, white, liver roan, or liver-white colors

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

A simple brushing using a shedding blade type brush once in a week or two and a thorough bath using recommended shampoo 2-3 times a year would be sufficient

Training

Your German Shorthaired Pointer would be more enthusiastic about training than you and always up and willing to do so making it very easy for you to train it

German Shorthaired Pointers are among the top winning breeds in competitive hunting events. The breed is a result of various experiments by the Germans around the 1800s but were recognized by the American Kennel Club only in 1930. They were also used as gun dogs in their early times.

German Shorthaired Pointer Dog: Introduction to the Breed

Looking at the properties, the GSP breed may seem very attractive to you to go and adopt one right away. But it is important to know more things before we gun down to the decision. They may seem thin on the leg part but have some really strong muscles down there.

German Shorthaired Pointer Dogs are generally:

  • Bold and fearless
  • Energetic and hyperactive
  • Well-mannered and obedient
  • Intelligent
  • Versatile

German Shorthaired Pointers are best suited for –

  • Existing dog owners
  • Active pet parents who like to play and train their dog regularly
  • Homes with access to outdoor areas like lawns and parks
  • Families who don’t spend a lot of time away from their pets

Things to watch-out before deciding to own a German Shorthaired Pointer

Although GSP breed scores high on a human-friendliness matric there might be some things that you might want to check-out before bringing it home to your family

  • They get bored very quickly in absence of physical activities
  • They cannot be left alone for a very long time
  • They are not a breed for an extreme weather
  • They have a hunter’s DNA and thus should be monitored around other pets usually smaller ones like cats or rabbits
  • They are better suited in a house as opposed to yards or kennels
  • They do develop separation anxiety

What should a German Shorthaired Pointer eat?

Being developed as hunters and gun dogs, GSPs should be given enough nutrients to support their energy requirements. This means an ideal diet would be very high in proteins (20-25%), healthy carbs and around 950-1200 calories per day. It is also advised that it be given more of fresh foods over canned or preserved foods. The list of food items can include –

What should a German Shorthaired Pointer NOT eat?

There are some foods that you may want to avoid that are not good for dogs in general and in some cases not very supportive towards German Shorthaired Pointer puppies. For e.g.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a dog companion which can match your high levels of energy then the German Shorthaired Pointer is the one for you. It is great with families and even small kids or other pets once it spends enough time. Excellent in sports and other outdoor activities and a good watch-dog is the package for you. But if you think you may not be able to spend enough time on a daily basis with your pup then you might want to consider a different breed.

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