Caring for a German Shorthaired Pointer

Responsible Dog Ownership

A key part of your responsibility as the owner of a German Shorthaired Pointer is to make sure your dog is not only trained, but supervised. If left outside, your Shorthair should be in a fenced in yard or kennel run. Dogs left to roam free run the risk of being hit by vehicles, causing accidents, gettin into mischief or even being stolen. 

We recommend that your GSP always be on a lead when walking with you unless you are hunting or in training. 

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How to care of your GSP

Regular veterinary care and proper feeding are vital to your dog's health. Yearly DHLPP vaccinations, rabies shots, a monthly heart worm preventative, and in many parts of the United States, a Lyme Disease vaccination should not be neglected. 

Proper nutrition is easily maintained by feeding a high quality dry dog food. Puppies should stay on a growth formula for at least the first 6 months; after that your dog's food may be changed to an adult diet. 

Breed Characteristics

German Shorthaired Pointers are admired for their temperament and trainability. A GSP makes an outstanding family companion, relating well to children, your friends who come to visit and with other dogs. 

A typical Shorthair is outgoing. They are eager to please and respond well to consistent training both in the home and out in the field.