Is a German Shorthaired Pointer a good family dog?

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Is a German Shorthaired Pointer a good family dog?

German Shorthaired Pointers make great family dogs, but can be a handful for small children. The German breeders who developed GSPs wanted companionable family pets, as well as hunting dogs—and they succeeded.

Do German shorthaired pointers shed?

German Shorthaired Pointers are not considered to be heavy shedders. They shed a mild to a medium amount, compared to other breeds. Their coat sheds mostly in the spring and fall. In warmer climates, a German Shorthaired Pointer may shed consistently throughout the year.

Are German Shorthaired Pointer smart?

They are playful and intelligent, and generally are good with other dogs and children. They make fairly good obedience pupils, although at times they are easily distracted by the call of the wild.

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Do German pointers bark a lot?

He’ll bark at strangers but isn’t aggressive. Males tend to be more outgoing and are more aggressive hunters than females. The muscular GSP needs a great deal of exercise. Expect to give him a workout of an hour or two daily.

Are GSP hard to train?

German Shorthaired Pointers (GSP) are full of energy, need lots of exercise, and “can be extremely challenging from six months to three years old,” according to the AKC breed description. The good news: they’re also highly receptive to training and picking up early obedience commands.

How often do you bathe GSP?

Your German Shorthaired Pointer will benefit from baths at least 2-3 times a year, and up to weekly if necessary. Besides choosing a shampoo that doesn’t dry out your dog’s coat, it’s also beneficial to use a conditioner afterwards.

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Do pointers like water?

Not all breeds will take a liking to the water, so it’s important to do some research up front. German Shorthaired Pointers are very capable of swimming and are known to be strong swimmers. They are naturally strong, athletic and have webbed feet.

Are Pointers cuddly?

Yes, German Shorthaired Pointers as a whole, love to cuddle! From snuggling up to watch a movie to resting their head on your lap for no reason at all, this breed DEFINITELY loves to cuddle.

Why is my German Shorthaired Pointer aggressive?

Aggression in German Shorthaired Pointers usually has triggers or causes such as abuse, fear, incomplete socialization, an issue from puppyhood, possessiveness, maternal aggression, and frustration. Some behaviors learned as puppies can carry over into adulthood such as fighting for a toy or food.

Can GSP be left alone?

Provided your GSP gets plenty of exercise, training, and human interaction, you may find that you can leave them alone for an entire eight hour work day or even a bit longer without any trouble. These are intelligent, highly trainable dogs who are eager to please you.

Why are GSPs so clingy?

German Shorthaired Pointers loves people and will want to be around family at all times, almost to the point of being clingy. They will often follow your every move around the house and need to know where all members of the family are at all times.

Which is better male or female German Shorthaired Pointer?

There is no discernible difference between male and female German Shorthaired Pointers with regards to their hunting abilities. Both genders have strong hunting instincts and make fantastic hunting dogs. The differences relate to their trainability and temperament, which is a personal preference.

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Do pointers ever calm down?

German Shorthaired Pointers usually calm down at age two to three. They are born hyperactive and tend to be unruly and energetic while still puppies. Some adult GSPs will still be active and ready to run and play.

Why do pointers shake?

The German Short Haired Pointer is equally adept at performing on land and in the water. After a spell in a dam or river, your dog is going to shake off the excess water on his coat. The action of shaking off the water and having a good shiver helps prevent hypothermia, as well as dry off your dog.

Are German Shorthaired Pointers outside dogs?

GSPs can be outside dogs, but they can not be ignored. An ignored GSP will become bored easily. The high intellect and curious nature of the breed will result in some very undesirable behaviors. Barking, digging and general destruction can result.

Do pointers need haircuts?

German Shorthaired Pointers are active and friendly dogs. These patterned pups have short, thick hair that creates a tight coat. This breed is known to be a seasonal shedder and requires occasional grooming.

How often should you feed a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy?

Feed a high-quality dog food that is appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior) and activity level. A pup under 6 months old will need to be fed more than twice a day; once the GSP reaches adulthood, a meal morning and evening should be sufficient.

Do pointers shed a lot?

Because pointers are short-coated, all the grooming usually required is a quick brushing or rubdown two or three times weekly. These dogs are considered average shedders. They need to be protected from frigid weather because their coats are short.

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How many hours a day do German shorthaired pointers sleep?

They are very active, and their lifestyle reflects that. However, good sleep is essential for their overall growth and health. A healthy GSP will likely sleep for about 6-8 hours a day. As they grow, the hours of sleep decrease as they are always alert and easily distracted.

Do German shorthairs like snow?

The term ‘shorthaired’ in the name doesn’t mean the German Shorthaired Pointer can’t handle winter weather. Her dense, water-resistant coat protects her from cold, wind, and rain. This dedicated bird dog is delighted to join you outdoors any time of year.

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Written by: Sweeny Jane
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proud mom of Baby, and i am an animal lover as I have at home a cat, a dog, a fish tank, birds… This diversity makes me special because I provide many answers to your questions that increase your knowledge about your pets friends. I have 7 years of experience working with pets. i hope you enjoy our tips.

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