Breed Information Centre

German Shorthaired Pointer


Illustration of German Shorthaired Pointer

Since the end of the Second World War, there has been an influx of breeds from Continental Europe, and none has been more successfully introduced to both the shooting and showing scenes than the German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP). The first of the Hunt, Point and Retrieve (HPR) breeds to arrive in the UK, the GSP has on several occasions won that coveted award in the world of the gundog, the Dual Championship – a dog that is able to beat all comers in the field and in the show ring.

The GSP stems from dogs known collectively as bird dogs. The basis for the breed was almost certainly the kennels of Prince Albrecht zu Solms-Braunfels, who owned Schweisshunds, a breed of good but slowish working hounds with outstanding ability to scent game, which were crossed with traditional English Pointer stock.

The breed comes in black, liver or either colour spotted or ticked with white. The coat is short, flat and coarse to the feel, and as a result, he is a very easy dog to keep clean and wholesome even in the foulest weathers. Medium-sized, trainable and friendly, he combines grace, energy and stamina in a neat frame.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.

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