Breed Information Centre

German Shorthaired Pointer


Illustration of German Shorthaired Pointer

Perhaps the most popular of the HPR breeds, the German Short Haired Pointer is the consummate all-rounder: excellent on point, a soft mouthed Retriever and thorough in his search for game. The breed's ancestors include the Spanish Pointer, German bird dogs and an infusion of English Pointer for speed. Unexaggerated, his conformation and coat equip him to be the perfect hunting machine.

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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