German Shorthaired Pointer review

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German Shorthaired Pointers are capable of learning a great deal. But they are not the easiest breed to train. Some individuals have an independent mind of their own and can be quite willful. Other German Shorthairs are easily distracted by exciting sights, sounds, and scents, and it takes some training experience to get and keep the dog's attention. Read more about German Shorthaired Pointer Training.


Many German Shorthaired Pointers are perfectly fine with other animals. But some individuals are dominant or aggressive toward other dogs of the same sex. And quite a few German Shorthairs have strong instincts to go after cats and other fleeing creatures, often with deadly intent.


German Shorthaired Pointers are athletic dogs who need regular opportunities to vent their energy and gallop. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored, which dogs usually express by barking and destructive chewing. Bored German Shorthairs are famous for chewing through drywall, ripping the stuffing out of sofas, and turning your yard into a moonscape of giant craters.


Bred to be versatile hunting dogs, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a much a loving family companion as he is a focused field assistant. GSP's love to be with people and are happiest when outdoors among friends. This breed is excellent with kids, though toddlers may get knocked over by a well meaning dog, so play should always be supervised. They are excellent watchdogs, and can be counted on to bark when there is a person approaching the home. Their bark is not aggressive, however, it's simply an alert. For an active, outdoorsy family, the German Shorthaired Pointer is an ideal choice.


German Shorthaired Pointers can be difficult to train. They pick up hunting commands quickly, but basic household obedience is a completely different story. They are distracted by every sight, sound and smell and if they catch something interesting it can be nearly impossible to get them re-focused on the task at hand. Training should be conducted early and sessions should be kept short. Positive reinforcement and a gentle but always consistent hand are the keys to training a GSP.


The German Shorthaired Pointer is an all-purpose gundog. Happy-go-lucky, The German Shorthaired Pointer loves nothing more than to have some type of constructive activity with their owners such as a long walk, jog, hike, hunt, or a game of Frisbee. This breed should not be made to live in a kennel. Protective, clever, eager and willing to please, the German Shorthaired Pointers are very fond of their human families. This dog is faithful, spirited and friendly; they like and mix well with children. The Shorthaired Pointer is best suited for an active family because when they lack in exercise they can become high strung, and frustrated. The GSP will not listen if they sense that they are stronger minded than their owner, however they will also not respond well to harsh discipline. This dog needs an owner who displays a natural air of authority, firm, but calm, confident and consistent with rules. The German Shorthaired Pointer likes to bark and they can be cautious of strangers. The Shorthaired Pointer should be socialized well from a young age with both humans and other animals.


Male German Shorthaired Pointers stand between 23 and 25 inches at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from 55 to 70 pounds; females run smaller. The coat is solid liver (a reddish brown), or liver and white in distinctive patterns. The dark eyes shine with enthusiasm and friendliness. Built to work long days in the field or at the lake, GSPs are known for power, speed, agility, and endurance. “Noble” and “aristocratic” are words often used to describe the overall look.

GSPs make happy, trainable pets who bond firmly to their family. They are always up for physical activities like running, swimming, organized dog sports—in fact, anything that will burn some of their boundless energy while spending outdoors time with a human buddy.


The German Shorthaired Pointer is an all-terrain dog. German Shorthaired Pointers can do almost any job. These dogs have served in the Air Force to detect bombs, and one was even elected pet mayor of Montclair, California!

This breed is incredibly versatile, but they particularly excel as game hunters and water retrievers: Their webbed feet help this breed move through the water. The “pointer” part of their name refers to the arrow-like stance they assume when they spot their prey. These boisterous dogs have lots of energy and work in tracking, pointing, hunting, and even pulling sleds.

Originally from Germany, this medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 45-70 pounds and lives an average of 12-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting group.

Laurie Kiewit

Love my 10 yr. old GSP. She has Addison's disease but has done well through the years. Loves, Loves, Loooves her training sessions. Have any of you noticed that these are thinking dogs? Elsa will purposely hide her toys and then look at me to find it. She gets plenty of exercise (mentally and physically) and has NEVER in her life been destructive.

Positive reviews


Good-natured and adaptable, but primarily bred to be a hunting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer has a high energy level and belongs with an equally athletic owner who will take him running, biking, or hiking.


German Shorthaired Pointers are highly intelligent dogs who are capable of learning a great deal, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they are the easiest to train. Because this breed is so smart and independent, they will require some patience to train in order to show that you are the boss. However, German Shorthaired Pointers are also eager to learn and have a job to do, so they will generally be open to training and learning new tricks throughout their life. The key is consistency and being a firm and confident leader.

Lisa Rongaus Worthington

We love our German Shorthair mix Birdie. She is very athletic and tough, but you are right she is very sensitive.

Jason Mcpherson

My gsp rebel is a great dog... I have never had a dog that responds so well to training only advice I have is make sure that they have plenty of room to run and play.....

Adam Huff

My GSP Rambo hunts like a champ. He is full of energy and loves to play. His intelligence is off the charts and he hardly ever barks. It's all kisses and no bites with Rambo.

Chrisjan van der Berg

This is my dog one of the best dogs I have ever owned.

clever.playful and you name it.

Shaun Patman

We Love GSP's! Just sold the last of a great litter! Can't wait for the next litter!