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German Longhaired Pointer

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German Longhaired Pointer vs. German Shorthaired Pointer vs. German Wirehaired Pointer

Classification, Lifespan, And Appearance

 GERMAN LONGHAIRED POINTERGERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTERGERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTER
AKC ClassificationFoundation Stock ServiceSporting GroupSporting Group
Alternative ClassificationBird Dog – PointerBird Dog – PointerBird Dog – Pointer
Lifespan12-14 years10-12 years14-16 years
Height22-28 inches21-25 inches22-26 inches
Weight55-80 lbs45-70 lbs50-70 lbs
Coat LengthMedium to longVery shortShort (longer on belly)
Coat CharacteristicsSleek with undercoatThick and coarse on body; thinner and softer on head and earsStraight, harsh, and wiry;  undercoat is dense in winter and thin in summer
FeatheringModerate; on ears, back of all legs, and tailNoneLittle to none
Hypoallergenic CoatNoNoNo
EarsHang down; medium to long; featheredHang down; medium to long; un-featheredHang down; short to medium; un-feathered

Grooming Requirements

 GERMAN LONGHAIRED POINTERGERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTERGERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTER
Maintenance IntensityModerateModerateLow
BrushingWeeklyOccasionalWeekly
BathingOccasionalOccasionalOccasional
SheddingInfrequentRegularRegular
EarsChecked daily; cleaned weekly; brushed 2-3 time a weekChecked and cleaned weeklyChecked and cleaned weekly

Temperament

 GERMAN LONGHAIRED POINTERGERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTERGERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTER
General Temperament (AKC)Versatile; calm; family-orientedFriendly; smart; willing to pleaseAffectionate; eager; enthusiastic
Affectionate (to family)Yes; often prefers one personYes; often prefers one personYes; often prefers one person
IndependenceLowModerateModerate
IntensityModerateModerate to moderateModerate to high
SensitivityModerateModerate to moderateModerate to high
StubbornUnlikelyPossiblePossible
Aggression LevelLowLowModerate (dog aggression)
TimidUnlikelyNoNo
Energy LevelHighHighHigh
Attention RequirementsHighHighHigh
One-Person DogLikelyLikelyLikely
General FriendlinessHighModerateHigh
Child FriendlinessHighModerate to high; better with older childrenHigh (can be too boisterous)
Stranger FriendlinessFriendlyReserved to friendlyReserved
Dog FriendlinessModerate to highLowLow
Cat FriendlinessLowLowLow
ProtectivenessLow to moderateModerate to highHigh
Prey DriveHighHighHigh
Barking PotentialModerateModerateModerate

Exercise And Training Requirements

 GERMAN LONGHAIRED POINTERGERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTERGERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTER
SocializationRequiredRequiredRequired
Intelligence LevelHighHighHigh
EnduranceHighHighHigh
Eager to PleaseHighHighHigh
Exercise NeedsHighHighHigh
Exercise Frequency2-3 times a day2-3 times a day2-3 times a day
Exercise Duration30-60 minutes per session30-60 minutes per session30-60 minutes per session
Exercise IntensityModerate to highModerate to highHigh
Owner RequirementsActiveActiveActive
Exercise CompanionGoodExcellentExcellent
Training MethodsPositive preferredPositive yields best results; shorter duration is betterPositive preferred
Mandatory TrainingObedienceObedienceObedience
Canine Sport TrainingEligibleEncouragedEncouraged
Affinity for WaterHighModerate to highHigh

Adaptability And Living Environment

 GERMAN LONGHAIRED POINTERGERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTERGERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTER
Good for First-Time OwnersPossiblyNoNo
Good for Single-Person HomesYesYes (if person can meet their exercise requirements)Yes
Good for Multi-Person HomesYesVeryYes
Alone TimeIntolerantIntolerantIntolerant of extended periods of isolation
Indoor LivingShould be allowed indoors with family; not suitable for apartment livingShould be allowed indoors with family; not suitable for apartment livingShould be allowed indoors with family; not suitable for apartment living
Outdoor RequirementsShould have access to a secure yard; should be taken outside each dayShould have access to a secure yard; should be taken outside each dayShould have access to a secure yard; should be taken outside each day
Toleration of Cold WeatherModerateLowModerate to high
Toleration of Hot WeatherLow to moderateModerate to highModerate to high

Can a German Shorthaired Pointer track deer?

A German Shorthaired Pointer can track deer. Although they are often used as bird dogs, GSPs are versatile gundogs. The breed was created to locate furred and feathered quarry of all sizes. They are reliable, hardy, tireless, and intelligent. GSPs excel at pointing, retrieving, and tracking.

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Do German shorthair pointers retrieve?

German Shorthaired Pointers are dogs capable of performing various roles in hunting. They can hunt, and point as well as retrieve. Retrieving can be done on both land and water. They are regarded as all-purpose hunting dogs used to hunt birds, raccoons, possums, and deer.

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Can a German Pointer be happy in an apartment?

German Pointers are very high-energy dogs who are not ideally suited for apartment living. However, some factors can increase their chances of happily living in an apartment:

  • Owners staying at home
  • Going with when their owner goes out
  • Diligent exercise
  • Active owners
  • Mental stimulation

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Do German shorthaired pointers need coats?

German Shorthair Pointers do not need coats. They are a hardy breed of working dog and are known to be continuously active. Their short, single-haired coat is water repellant and helps keep the dog’s body temperature even when working in the field.

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How does a German Pointer do in water?

The German Shorthair Pointer does well in water with his webbed feet and short water-resistant coat. His athletic and muscular build makes him a strong swimmer and his mixed gundog abilities allow him to quite happily retrieve a waterfowl in shallow or deeper water.

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German Shorthaired Pointer won’t eat?

If your German Shorthaired Pointer won’t eat, you need to figure out the underlying reason so you can find the best solution. These solutions may include retraining, a visit to the vet, additions to their diet, appetite stimulants, reducing treats, or increasing interactive eating.

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How long can a German Pointer be left alone?

AgeAcceptable time without toiletTolerable alone timeCrate time (once trained)
8-10 weeks1 hour1 hour1 hour
10-12 weeks2 hours2 hours1 hour
3 months3 hours2 hours2 hours
4 months4 hours2 hours2 hours
5 months5 hours3 hours3 hours
6 months +6 hours4 hours4 hours

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How to pick a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy?

Picking a German shorthaired puppy starts with choosing the correct breeder who is breeding with dogs talented in any discipline in which you wish to compete. Health issues of the parents are vital to consider. The puppy’s temperament should be suited to you, your family, and your level of experience.

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How to exercise a German Pointer?

Puppies and senior German Pointers need less exercise than adults. Condition your German Pointer; don’t just start at maximum intensity. Take safety precautions before, during, and after exercise (high-visibility vests, water, drying off, etc.). Pick a form of exercise that you will also be motivated for.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever vs. German Pointer: What’s the difference?

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are adapted to cold climes. German Pointers are pointing bird dogs and less adapted to cold. Chesapeakes are more stubborn, independent, and aggressive than German Pointers. German Pointers require more exercise than Chesapeakes. German Longhaired Pointers differ most from Chesapeakes.

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German pointer vs Brittany: What’s the difference?

German Pointers shed more than Brittanys. German Pointers are more intense and stubborn than a Brittany. Brittanys are better with strangers, children, other dogs, and cats than German Pointers. German Pointers and Brittanys are well-matched in energy, exercise requirements, and living requirements.

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German pointer vs English Setter: What’s the difference?

English Setters have longer, more feathered coats than German Pointers. Setters are friendlier overall than Pointers but less protective. They are more prone to barking than Pointers. Setters require less exercise than Pointers. Setters are better in families, while Pointers are one-person dogs.

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