German Shorthaired Pointer

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German Shorthaired Pointer

Breed Fact

Country of OriginGermany
Hypoallergenic: No
Height: Female: 53–59 cm, Male: 58–64 cm
Weight: Female: 20–27 kg, Male: 25–32 kg
Color: Liver, Black & White, Liver & White, Brown & White, Brown, Liver Roan
Life Expectancy: 12 – 14 years
Temperament: Affectionate, Bold, Intelligent, Trainable, Cooperative, Boisterous
Litter Size: 6 to 12 puppies
Health Problems: Usually a healthy breed but some are prone to epilepsy, hip dysplasia, hermaphrodism and lymphedema. Some minor concerns are CHD, entropion, gastric torsion, VWD, pannus, OCD. Prone to mast cell tumors.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a clean-cut, lean, well-balanced, hunting dog with an elegantly chiseled head. The muzzle is long, but never pointed. The length of the muzzle should be the same as the length of the skull. Unlike the English Pointer, the occipital bone is not very conspicuous nor is there a pronounced stop. The almond-shaped eyes and nose are brown. The eyes have an intelligent, good-humored expression.

A large nose is preferred. The larger the better. The broad ears are set high and lie close to the head. The teeth should form a scissors bite. The short, dense, sleek coat should be solid liver or liver & white, patched, ticked or roan. The only permitted colors are liver and white. The skin should be tight. The tail is customarily docked by 60% (the dog should be able to sit on his tail), and the dewclaws removed. The feet are webbed. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a little smaller than the standard Pointer.