German Shorthaired Pointer

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German Pointer (Shorthaired & Wirehaired)


Shorthaired: The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) is a medium to large-sized breed of dog developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting.

Wirehaired: The German Wirehaired Pointer is a medium to large-sized griffon type breed of dog developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting. It is the result of the careful mixing of the griffon, Deutscher Stichelhaar, Deutscher Kurzhaar, and the hunting Pudelpointer.


Shorthaired: Since the German Shorthaired Pointer was developed to be a dog suited to family life as well as a versatile hunter, the correct temperament is that of an intelligent, bold, boisterous, eccentric, and characteristically affectionate dog that is cooperative and easily trained.

Wirehaired: Affectionate, lively, very determined, active and intelligent. Eager to learn and loyal to its family, it needs a handler who is consistent in approach. They like to be occupied, are vigorous and enjoy working for their owners. Powerful and energetic, they can become bored and hard to manage without enough exercise.


Shorthaired: The German Shorthaired Pointer needs plenty of vigorous activity and thrives with lots of exercise and running. This need for exercise (preferably off lead) coupled with the breed’s natural instinct to hunt, means that training is an absolute necessity.

Wire-Haired: Same as for the Shorthaired.


Shorthaired: 60 to 67 cm (M) and 56 to 62 cm (F) / 20.5 to 29 kg.

Wire-Haired: 58 to 64 cm (M) and 53 to 59 cm (F) / 24 to 28.5 kg.


Shorthaired: Short and thick long outer coat and dense under coat for waterproofing.

Wire-Haired: weather resistant and, water-repellent. Undercoat is dense enough in winter to insulate against the cold but is so thin in summer as to be almost invisible. Outer coat is straight, harsh, wiry and flat lying, and is from one to two inches in length.


Solid silver, black and white-ticked, silver and white-ticked.


Very clean breed. Coat needs very little grooming, just occasional brushing. They typically shed constantly. Should be bathed only when needed.

(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)

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