German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a large, deep-chested and well-muscled dog with a short coat. It is the most commonly seen variety of the three different types of German Pointers in the gundog group.

German Shorthaired Pointer Breed Group

The German Shorthaired Pointer belongs to the Gundog group.

Size of German Shorthaired Pointer

Large. A graceful, powerful and athletic dog.

Country of Origin


The German Shorthaired Pointer through history

The German Shorthaired Pointer can be traced back to the 19th century, but it was thought the first dog to be imported into the UK was around the 1920s.

A competent and intelligent working dog used for hunting, pointing and retrieving. Today it is kept mostly as a companion dog, although with its impressive stamina and energy enjoys working. It has excelled in field trial events.

German Shorthaired Pointer introduction and overview

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a large athletic dog with an almost noble appearance. It is lean, well-muscled with a deep chest. The breed can be docked or undocked. It has an elegant, relaxed gait, and although not the quickest of dogs, this handsome breed is in no way clumsy or cumbersome. It has a short, flat coat and flop ears. Each dog has a unique amount of speckling in the coat which provide excellent camoflague whilst hunting.

Because the breed is large and  deep chested, care should taken at feeding times to avoid the potentially fatal condition known as bloat, which can affect larger dogs. Smaller meals should be spaced out throughout the day, rather than offering one large feed a day. Dry food should be moistened with water and left to stand for 10 minutes to help avoid bloat.

German Shorthaired Pointer temperament

The breed is known to make a good family pet, with its affable, friendly and loving nature. It can be prone to being a little shy and aloof with strangers and unfamiliar dogs, and may be reluctant to play and socialise with other dogs readily. If socialised and trained well from an early age, your Pointer should be good with other pets and children.

Colour Varieties of the German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer comes in a variety of colours and markings including:

  • Solid liver
  • Liver and white, both spotted and ticked
  • Liver and white ticked
  • Solid black
  • Black and white

Size and weight of the German Shorthaired Pointer

Height bitch 53-59cms

Height dog 58-64cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 20-27kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 25-32kgs

Exercise requirements of the German Shorthaired Pointer

High. This breed requires a high level of exercise, and a prospective owner should be able to offer at least 2 hours of walking every day. The breed is not ideally suited to urban living unless there is access to plenty of open green spaces. The German Shorthaired Pointer is better suited to an active  country lifestyle. This breed is easily bored, which can result in destructive behaviour and separation anxiety. This is a dog best suited to a very active owner with plenty of time and energy to devote it.

Is the German Shorthaired Pointer a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The breed is easy to train and a quick learner.

German Shorthaired Pointer coat length

Short. The Pointer has a short, coarse and flat coat that requires the minimal amount of grooming.

Grooming requirements of the German Longhaired Pointer

Very low. One of the good aspects of owning this breed is that the short no-fuss coat requires very little grooming. It is a breed that can be walked in all weathers. Your dog will need just a quick towelling down to remove mud and excess water. The Pointer rarely needs to be bathed, if at all, as the short, coarse coat tends to keep itself clean. Ears should be check on a regular basis for foreign bodies such as thorns, brambles and ticks.


No. Despite having a short coat, this breed sheds throughout the year.

Health Issues in the German Shorthaired Pointer

The breed is generally healthy, but as with all big dogs, excessive exercise and jumping up and down should be avoided in the first 12 months of its life to protect the delicate and vulnerable joints. The following health problems have been recorded in the breed, so do consult your breeder:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Skin diseases
  • Eye diseases

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the German Shorthaired Pointer

12-14 years which is high for dog of this size.

Approximate German Shorthaired Pointer pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £650-800 for a puppy . There are usually between 7-8 puppies in an average litter. There were 1,436 German Shorthaired Pointer puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Insuring a German Shorthaired Pointer

It’s a large dog with quite a high cost value, so expect to pay a higher premium than an average sized dog. Remember that whatever thepremium starts out at, dog insurance will always rise with your pet’sage after about four years old and any on-going illnesses or conditions that the animal develops will also affect your annual insurance premiums from then on.

Estimating how much a German Shorthaired Pointer would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 30kgs requires 365gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a 25kgs bitch is around £8.00

The weekly cost of feeding a 30kgs dog is around £8.90

Other necessary costs to consider when owning any dog

Don’t forget to budget for regular and routine treatments that are not covered by pet insurance:

  • Worming and flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering and spaying
  • Microchipping