German Shorthaired Pointer Breed Profile


Among the qualities of the German Shorthaired Pointer is that they are energetic, smart, eager to please, cheerful, friendly, loyal and protective.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is excellent with children and great with families.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of a German Shorthaired Pointer is around 12 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 45 to 70 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog include, but are not limited to epilepsy, hermaphrodism, lymphedema, CHD, entropion, gastric torsion, Von Willebrands Disease, pannus, and OCD.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking is out of the question for this breed of dog, as they prefer the outdoors. Shedding is average, brush every other day.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attentiion to give. If this breed of dog becomes bored, they become escape artists, so a fence atleast 6 foot high is necessary.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost for this breed of dog is around $1,100+. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

Not usually aggressive unless abused or neglected.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a good watchdog.

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