German Shorthaired Pointer Puppies for Sale


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Overview

Looking for a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy for sale? This breed has a long but slightly unclear history. While various Pointers have been used for hunting in Europe since the 1300′s, specific breeds were not documented until the 1700’s. Pointers did not gain widespread popularity until firearms were improved in the 1800’s. These dogs then became prized for their ability to find and retrieve game shot out of the sky. Once the demand increased, Germans began to breed Pointers with more purpose, and history records the development of dogs with a variety of traits throughout the 1800’s, In fact, formalized breed standards for the German Shorthaired Pointer were not developed until the 20th century.

This versatile hunting breed is an excellent choice for hunting on land and water. These dogs have powerful, streamlined bodies that are fast and agile. They are exceptionally robust and athletic animals. Like many hunting breeds, these dogs are intelligent, loyal, and friendly. They are content as family pets and do well with people and other dogs.

These dogs were first imported to the United States right after World War I and became popular among American hunters. The German Shorthaired Pointer was first registered by the AKC in 1930 and was grouped as Sporting.

  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Weight: 45 - 70 lbs
  • Height: 21 - 25 inches
  • Color: According to the American Kennel Club, the breed should have a coat that is solid liver or a combination of liver and white, including ticked, liver patched and white ticked, or liver roan.

Temperament

If you want to buy a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy, it’s smart to do a little research first. This cooperative sporting dog is easy to train. Not only are they keen to learn, they are also eager to please. They are a popular choice as a gun dog and love hunting on land and on water in all kinds of weather. They are enthusiastic and tireless hunting companions.

But these dogs are also good family pets. Because they are energetic and athletic, they will need lots of daily vigorous, outdoor exercise. These pups make good running partners and also need lots of room to roam outdoors. If they don’t get enough exercise, they tend to become moody and destructive. While they are excellent house dogs, they are also good outdoor dogs in temperate climates and do well in most kinds of weather.

These pups love families and children. They are playful and cooperative and do well with strangers. They usually are good natured and do well with other dogs and pets. Because of their boisterous nature, they aren’t always a good choice for homes with very small children.

They love both land and water, including pools, lakes, rivers, and the beach. They are athletic jumpers and tend to wander, so don’t leave them unsupervised outdoors. These dogs have been known to jump 6-foot enclosures without much difficulty.

Health

If you’re considering adopting a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy, make sure you understand this breed’s special health considerations. This breed is generally robust with an average life expectancy of 13-15 years.

Some health concerns to look for are:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease 
  • Entropion

Keeping your pup at a healthy weight will reduce changes of Hip Dysplasia. With all dogs, stay current on shots and vaccinations, and schedule regular vet checkups.

Coat & Coat Care

Their coat is thick, short, dense, and tough to the touch. It is finer on the ears and head.

This is a low-maintenance dog and needs only occasional brushing to control indoor shedding. Bathe only when necessary.

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