Pros and Cons of Having a German Short-haired Pointer
The German shorthaired pointer will be an excellent pet as well as a good hunting companion. It is a particularly good hunting dog because it recovers both on land and in water. This well-balanced dog is perfect for someone looking for an outdoor companion as well as a pet. Consider the information below when choosing whether one of these versatile dogs will be the perfect pet for you and your family.
If you have a happy and very active family, the German Shorthair may be the pet you are looking for. This breed of dog likes to be active and will have a large amount of energy on a daily basis. You will need space so that your pet can run free and burn some of their energy each day. If you don’t have this type of space, another breed will likely be more suited to your lifestyle. Without much exercise, this pet will get bored, which will lead to destructiveness or escape. They can clear a 6-foot fence, so make sure they have plenty of room to run or if you can take them frequently where they can.
The GSP is an intelligent dog with an exceptionally good temperament. This makes it an ideal choice as a pet that will get along well with children and other pets. They like being around people and are eager to please. If you want a dog that learns tricks, this one will do the trick.
If you are looking for a great pet that also acts as a watchdog, look no further than the German Shorthair. They easily adapt to their living conditions and with a minimum of training, will adapt to the needs you have. Although these dogs have too much energy to be good house dogs, they will be somewhat happy to be indoors if they can exercise a lot while running with you or on your bike. They are happiest when they can run when they want, so try to have a large yard to install them.
GSP grooming is minimal as it sheds from time to time, saving you from being too busy brushing a long-haired dog. The best thing for your dog’s coat is to wash it also every few months so that you do not need a constant bath. They love water, so a dive will occupy most swimming needs from time to time.
The problem with owning a German Shorthair is that you need constant exercise for your dog. If you are someone who lives alone and is at work most of the time, you will find that you have an unhappy dog who is not satisfied with being locked up alone in a house all day. If you are looking for a dog that likes to be indoors and is not too energetic to find another breed of dog.
If you don’t have a large yard, you won’t be doing this animal a favor as they like to be in almost constant motion. If you let them into the house, make sure you have a fairly large one because they are fairly good size. They like to play and often forget that they are inside, which can cause a lot of damage.
The GSP is not a pet that you can leave alone in the house for any length of time as they are bored and can be quite destructive. If you have to leave it inside, you have to teach it to stay in a crate or better put it in the garage. If she likes to play with toys, make sure they are installed with lots of water. The dog must prove this as much as possible first.
German short hairs are generally sturdy dogs, but some are prone to several problems such as epilepsy and hip dysplasia as well as a few other minors that your veterinarian can report and monitor.
If you are looking for an active and intelligent pet that likes to hunt and wander outdoors, you will not go wrong with a German shorthair pointer. They are very energetic, so be sure to provide them with opportunities or they will not be very happy.
by Don A Levy