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German Shorthaired Pointers

The German Shorthaired Pointer is bred to be versatile hunting dogs capable of high performance - both in the field and in the water. They are energetic dogs that love to please, and are capable and willing to work long and hard for their owners.  Their coat is very short, soft and dense, requiring moderate brushing to keeps its shine.  Most trained German Shorthaired Pointers will excel in the field, and provide years of dedicated service. Their energy seems endless, and they especially love fetching games.  Intelligent, sweet, energetic, bright and loving   —  That’s a German Shorthair.

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As with most bird dogs, the activity level of the German Shorthair is high. They need a large dose of daily exercise, and will sometimes become destructive if they don’t get it.  Fields in which to run, or a large fenced yard provide the best environment.  Most hunters find that after a two mile run, a German Shorthair is just getting warmed up.

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German Shorthaired Pointers are highly intelligent. They make great house dogs, good obedience dogs, a keen watch dog, and of course, excellent hunting companions. They have one of the best scenting abilities of all bird dog breeds.  Since they work so well in the field, very few Shorthair owners would have any other dog as their hunting companion. 

German Shorthairs are medium sized dogs.  The standard height of a male is 23 to 25 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 55 to 70 pounds.  The standard height of a female is 21 to 23 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 45 and 60 pounds.

The coat of a German Shorthair is short and thick, requiring regular brushing to keep its shine.  They range in color combinations.  They may be solid liver, or have a combination of liver and white.  They may also be liver and white ticked, or liver patched and white ticked.  They could also be the simple, liver, and roan pattern.

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German Shorthaired Pointers are kind, affectionate, compassionate dogs that adapt well to their environment.  They make very good house dogs and/or watch dogs.   They make terrific companions and are excellent around children.  They make wonderful pets and hunters.  Their love for you will be demonstrated when they are working for you or playing with you. 


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