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German Short Haired Pointer

February 26, 2011

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The German Shorthaired Pointer is in the Gun Dog family and is an all-round hunting dog.  They can flush out game, retrieve and point in any conditions.  They love people and need lots of exercise, so would suit an active family that has the capacity to let the dog exercise off the lead.  They are very clever dogs and really respond well to training.

 

 

 

The breed was created in the 17th Century through the crossing of a Bloodhound and a Spanish Pointer.  Its loyalty, personality and general “joie de vivre” make it currently one of the most popular breeds in the world.  Like other sporting breeds such as the Pointer,   the English Springer Spaniel,  the English Setter,  the Hungarian Vizsla,  the Irish Setter, and the Gordon Setter, these dogs enjoy frequent company with their master.  They are not breeds for people who are going to be at work all day and want a dog that will be happy alone in the back yard.

 

The average lifespan is around 14 years, but they can live for up to 16 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.

 

They usually grow to about 64-70 cm in height and weigh between 20 and 25 kgs in peak condition.

 

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