Looking for a dog that excels in everything hunting? Maybe you are not a hunter. Then how about a great watchdog and loyal family companion. The surprising German Shorthaired Pointer may be just the dog for you.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium-sized hunting dog that is one of the top ten most popular dog breeds in the United States. This all-in-one dog not only excels in hunting birds, rabbits, raccoons, and other game animals but also doubles as a great watchdog and loyal family pet. It is a high-energy dog so be prepared to get lots of workouts if you decide to own one.
The German Shorthaired Pointer’s coat is short, pretty obvious from the name, making it easy to care for. It is dense, so it repels water and helps keep the dog warm in cold weather. They do shed, which means you will need to vacuum regularly. They are included in the AKC Sporting Group of dog breeds.
German Shorthaired Pointers do well with children, especially if they are socialized early (they meaning both the dog and the kids). These dogs can live outdoors but prefer to live inside and go outside when necessary. They are above average in dog intelligence, according to Stanley Coren, in his book “The Intelligence of Dogs.”
German Shorthaired Pointers are about 25 inches tall and weigh 40 to 60 pounds, depending on the sex of the dog. They are generally healthy with a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.