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German Shorthaired Pointer

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A breed that is as energetic as it is beautiful, German Shorthaired Pointers are fantastic pets for people with active lifestyles. Once used as hunting companions, these majestic dogs are loyal friends to owners who can keep up with their tireless nature.

Where I'm From

Like their name indicates, German Shorthaired Pointers were developed in Germany in the mid 19th century for the purpose of being a versatile gun dogs. These noble creatures had the ability to both point and retrieve game, and were therefore a favourite amongst hunters.

Simple called “Kurzhaar” (“Short-haired”) in their homeland, these dogs were the result of crossbreeding between various types of hounds and pointers.

Known for many years as the “dog of the common man”, their numbers significantly decreased as a result of WWII. Many dog breeders were affected by the conflict and had no other choice but to stop their practice. Luckily, a few German Shorthaired Pointers were sent away to Yugoslavia, which allowed the breed to survive.

Nowadays, these elegant creatures are known for their adaptability, which makes them either great field dogs, or loving family pets.

What I Look Like

German Shorthaired Pointers are regal-looking dogs with sharp features whose noble appearance is due to their athletic bodies, lean faces and stylish coats.

They sport either black or liver-coloured fur, with fabulous white markings on their bodies.

These muscular dogs have water-resistance coats and webbed-fee, which make them superb swimmers.

How I Act

Ever-vigilant, this breed is known for being highly protective of their owners and are known to bark at strangers on occasion. A result of their days as gun dogs, German Shorthaired Pointers are always ready to alert you of danger.

Despite their defensive personalities, they are also incredibly tolerant pets that can easily learn to get along with other animals. As to their human family, these pointers are loving, affectionate creatures that will remain loyal to owners that treat them well.

Agile and animated, these spirited dogs are some of the liveliest pets you could own. Their seemingly limitless energy makes them great exercise partners for active people, and incredibly playful companions for older children.

Looking After Me

When it comes to grooming, German Shorthaired Pointers require minimal looking after. Taking care of your stylish pet is an easy task, as they only need a weekly brush to help get rid of any loose fur.

These pooches are extremely high-energy, and require plenty of physical activity. Ideally, you should take them on long walks, and let them join you on exercise routines. German Shorthaired Pointers are athletic creatures that enjoy participating in outdoor activities such as jogging and hiking.

Like many other breeds, these dogs tend to suffer from separation anxiety if they're ignored. To avoid your pet from becoming nervous and destructive, make sure you pay them plenty of attention.

It is also important that German Shorthaired Pointers live in homes with large backyards. These dogs are not suitable for apartments or small houses with limited room to run around.

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