German Shorthaired Pointer
German Shorthaired Pointers were originally a cross-breed between Spanish Pointers and Bloodhounds. They were originally developed in the 19th century for hunting, and are a versatile hunting breed. They have powerful strong legs, that allow them to move quickly through land and water. They have long, high-set floppy ears and a long broad muzzle. The GSP’s coat is short, thick, and water-repellent, and comes in solid brown or a combination of brown and white. They are friendly, smart, and easy to please. As they are very social, they do not enjoy being left alone for long periods of time.
Common Health Conditions
- German Shorthaired Pointers are high-energy dogs. At least an hour of intensive exercise, preferably off-leash, each day is recommended. Without sufficient exercise, your GSP may become nervous and destructive.
- The types of cancers most often reported in German Shorthaired Pointers are mammary tumors, mast cell tumors, and lymphosarcoma.
- German Shorthaired Pointers tend to have healthier teeth than some of the more problematic toy breeds, but they are by no means immune to dental disease.