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German Shorthaired Pointer Dog Breed Information | Kellyville Pets

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Thinking of getting a German Shorthaired Pointer Puppy? Get all the information you need in our dog breed guide to see if a German Shorthaired Pointer is the right dog for you.

Fast Facts:

How long will my German Shorthaired Pointer live? 10-14 years

What will my dogs energy levels be like? High

How big will my German Shorthaired Pointer grow? 20-30kg 

Will a German Shorthaired Pointer be suitable for my family? German Shorthaired Pointers are suitable for active families

What size housing is recommended for my German Shorthaired Pointer? Large backyard required

German Shorthaired Pointer Temperament

The German Shorthaired Pointer, or GSP, is loyal, clever and loving, as well as being one of the most energetic breeds. They are highly intelligent and eager to please, making them a fairly easy breed to train, although their boisterous personality can sometimes get in the way of obedience.

With a happy-go-lucky attitude, they love being involved in family activities. They get along well with children, and if they have been properly socialised as a puppy they are generally fine with other dogs.

German Shorthaired Pointer Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia: A common disease where a malformation in the hip joint results in the joint rubbing and grinding. This can lead to irritation, pain and impaired walking ability.

Bloat: When a dogs stomach fills with food, fluid or gas, making it expand and put pressure against other organs, as well as compromising blood flow. Large breed dogs with narrow, deep chests are the highest at risk. This is increased when dogs eat very quickly as they can swallow air that they may be unable to release later.

Ear Infections: Dogs have a vertical ear canal (unlike humans which are horizontal) so it is easy for moisture and debris to be retained within the ear canal, causing irritation. It is seen most in floppy eared breeds, so it is important that ears be dried properly after a bath or swim.


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