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German Shorthaired Pointer – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1930
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy: High
  • Recommended Crate Size: 42" dog crate*

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The German Shorthaired Pointer is considered as one of the most versatile sporting breeds. They are excellent as a hunting dog and a great family companion as well. The dog is a little smaller than other Pointer breeds. The GSP has elegantly almond-shaped eyes, a good humor expression, and a large muzzle.

This high energy and intelligent dog is very enthusiastic about both work and play. They love being with children and family members and it is their loving personality that makes them prone to being depressed if left alone for extended periods of time. The shorthaired pointer is not the stubborn type. They are a quick learner but it can be challenging to keep them focus on training since they easily got bored. This dog requires more exercise than you might think.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the German Shorthaired Pointer in 1930. These high energy dogs are known for being energetic. This dog is originally created as a hunting dog. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a cross product between Bloodhounds and Spanish pointers.


This medium-sized dog has powerful strong legs which make them able to run quick as well as turn rapidly. The ears are floppy and moderately long, which are set high on their head. The muzzle is broad, strong, and long to make them good at sniffing.

The GSP has a short and flat coat with a thick stiff hair undercoat to keep them warm in cold weather. The undercoat is also water resistant. The general color of this dog is black and white, sometimes with solid color patches.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium–sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and breeder to determine size and frequency of meals in order to make sure the health and lifespan. It is also important to provide clean and fresh water.


This medium-size dog requires regular grooming with a soft brush and hound gloves. For their fast growing nails, occasional trimming is needed using a grinder or nail clipper to prevent chipping, cracking, and overgrowth. For best performance, you should regularly brush their teeth and check their ears to avoid build up of debris and wax as well as prevent infection.


The German Shorthaired Pointer is a trainable and happy pet who will become closely attached to the family, especially children. These high-energy dogs love physical activity such as swimming, running, and makes a great sport dog. In fact, they love most any activities outdoors. 

Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 42" dog crates* for most adult German Shorthaired Pointers. 


* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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