German Pointer (shorthaired)
German Pointer (short hair) are hunting dogs that fit well into active families. We don't mind the company, as long as we get our daily exercise!
You can not own a German Pointer if you are not able to give it adequate physical activity.
Only when we get enough physical and mental stimuli, we become friendly, loyal, and social dogs.
The German Pointer has a strong hunting instinct, and we should be used accordingly. Our strong instincts are our foremost strength, but it is also the reason we are described as a 'demanding breed.'
It is boring to be at home during the day. We need a constant outlet for our energy. If our owners are away for several hours, we will need to unleash our energy as soon as they get home. A short 20-minute walk around the block will not be enough. We need at least an hour of daily exercise, preferably more.
Remember we love to run, so give us the opportunity to do so! The Vorstehhund are athletic and strong dogs. We can easily pull a sled or an owner on skis.
After a long day in the mountains, we love to lie on the couch and receive snuggles from our owners. We do have an enormous work capacity, but we can also get tired. It is important to let us rest. But do not doubt that we are ready for an equally hard work session as soon as the sun rises again.
Many are surprised at how intelligent we are. Do not disregard the fact that we learn to open doors. A Vorstehhund will do what it can to get close to its owners.
German Pointers can talk a lot
How much A Vorstehhund bark varies between individuals. Some barking must be taken into account, as it will happen.
Some of us, for example, suffer from separation anxiety and as a consequence, we bark a lot. Occasionally you also use howling:
Relation to other animals
Our hunting instinct is prevalent. We are best suited for families with hunters on board.
A German Pointer will not hesitate to run after an animal if the opportunity arises. For example, some owners have experienced that we have run away because we have seen a deer. Some of us have even swum for a deer at sea and killed it. This rarely happens, but it is important that people are aware of how strong their instincts can be.
Against other dogs, we are friendly and show few signs of aggression. If we meet other dogs that are aggressive, we can admittedly respond with the same coin. Though, on a general basis, we are not aggressive.
It can be challenging to have us around cats. But it can be manageable if introduced from an early stage.
Maintenance - simple grooming
Our coat is short, quite coarse and requires little care. Brush us about once a week.
The German Pointer's health Overall a very healthy breed. However, there are some cases of hip dysplasia and an eyelid condition called entropion. Epilepsy also occurs.
Life expectancy for healthy individuals is 10-14 years.