TRAINABILITY – German Shorthair Pointers are highly intelligent dogs who are capable of learning a great deal, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they are the earliest 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 Shorthair 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 owner.

PERSONALITY– Bringing home any dog, but especially the German Short Haired Pointer is a long-term commitment and relationship that will come with its share of challenges and learning phases.  The German Shorthaired Pointer is a smart and friendly dog who is eager to please.  This breed has a big personality and is very smart, many people even think they develop their own sense of humor.

TEMPERAMENT– A German Short Haired Pointer’s temperament is influenced by a number of factors. This includes each individual dog’s heredity, training, and socialization with other animals. The most common characteristic of the GSP is having friendly temperaments and curious playful spirits.  They are usually eager to please people, willing to approach people and willing to be petted by strangers.
Meeting a GSP’s parents before you pick or even bring your puppy home you might want to meet the parents of the puppy.  If the parents have a good temperament and are friendly chances are your pup will grow up to have a similar personality.  You might not want to pick a puppy from a litter where your puppy s beating up on his or her litter mates.  Try to find a puppy that is somewhere in the middle, who is playful, but not too rough, and that doesn’t avoid being social.

ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS– The first thing you need to know about a GSP is that they have a great deal of energy. In fact, because of their energy level, GSP’s have often been compared to triathlete’s, make sure you have enough space and can give your puppy the amount of exercise that he or she needs to tire your puppy out.

SIZE– The Male GSP grows to be between 23 and 25 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 55 to 70 pounds.
Females grow between 21 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh on average between 45 to 60 pounds.

COAT COLOR AND GROOMING– The GSP has a short, thick, water-repellent coat that’s slightly longer on the underside of the tail and the edges of the rear end, known as the haunches.  On the head, the hair is softer, thinner and shorter.
The distinctive coat is solid liver or a combo of liver and white.  It can be ticked (small, isolated areas of black hairs on a white background), patched, or roaned (a fine mixture of colored hairs with white hairs).
The GSP’s smooth, short coat is easy to groom and doesn’t shed excessively. Brush it weekly with a firm bristle brush and bathe only as needed.  Rub your GSP’s coat with a soft towel or a chamois to make it gleam.  

What is AKC – “AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB” The AKC registers purebred dogs. When a litter of puppies is born, the breeder sends a form into the AKC to register the litter. If both parents are in the AKC database, the AKC assigns registration numbers and issues "blue slips" for the number of puppies that the breeder states are in the litter.

What is a CHIC# The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) is a centralized database.  Their primary purpose is to provide owners and breeders health information that will assist in breeding/buying healthy dogs.

The CHIC program provides accurate information about the results of a breeder's health testing.  A CHIC number is issued when a breeder has satisfied each breed specific health test AND the breeder has opted to make those test results public.

What is NAVHDA– The North American Versatile Dog Association is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to foster, promote and improve the versatile hunting dog breed in North America, to conserve game by using well trained hunting dogs on both land and water, and to aid in the prevention of cruelty to animals by discouraging nonselective and uncontrolled breeding which produces unwanted uncared for dogs.

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