German Shorthaired Pointer Breed Guide

The German Shorthaired Pointers have brains.They
are a working dog. You can do agility, obedience, flyball, carting,
canicross, they’re an all round dog. I’ve had the breed for 45 years.I’ve bred
22 litters and 25 champions. The German Short haired Pointer is one of
the dogs that has really increased in popularity over recent years. Very popular dog now in the working communities. Quite a large dog and quite boisterous.They
do need a lot of exercise so you shouldn’t get one if you’re thinking of shutting it
up for most of the day. They really need a couple of hours exercise
a day. Active dog. Ideal for the active family. They have a very even temperament as a rule. They’re very biddable, but they have to be
trained. Without training they can be extremely destructive. It’s a gundog – from the HPR, which stands
for Hunt, Point, Retrieve. So you’ve got a working dog with a work ethic. You need to start your training as a puppy,
and teach it the things you want it to do. Otherwise it might do things that it want
to learn like picking everything up… shoes, dirty underwaear are a favourite. So when it picks something up like that the
last thing you want to do is snatch t from it, or you’ll teach it to guard it or even
run off with it which is an even greater game. So when it picks something up, you need to
think “well done – thank you very much. Can I have it?” – and then swap it for something
else. That way you get the dog with its instincts
and with you rather than against you. They have to have mental stimulation. They’re not a dog you can leave and do nothing
with. They need to use their brains. So it’s not use having one if you want a house
pet. They’ve got to get out. They’ve got to do something. German Short-haired Pointers, lovely looking
dog. They are a working dog so they do have high
exercise demands. We would look to re-home one with a very active
family who have the time, energy and committment for them. The more exercise you give them, the more
exercise they want. So it’s regular and routine. Take them out in the morning, half and hour,
the same again at night. Take them out all day, they’ll expect to go
out all day. You can’t tire them out. They’re people dogs. They’re much happier lying at your feet than
being shut in the kitchen. I can’t say this but, you go to the toilet
– and three dogs go with you. They’re very much a companion dogs as well
as a working dog and they’re very good with families. Tehy love children. I’ve got people with my dogs in their seventies
– and providing they can get out and exercise them they’re fine. A horse’s curry comb is the best thing to
use. And I use a pair of tights to put polish on! Literally just put a tight on your hand or
a sock or a glove, anything, and just smooth it over and that puts a shine on the coat. They’re oily coats so very little grooming
needed. They’re a lazy man’s dog in that respect. They only moult about once a year. The main thing is to keep them out of the
sun. They love to lie in the sun but it tends to
bleach their coats. But apart from that, nothing. They’re waterproof coats. You can put one in water and they’ll come
out, shake and it’s dry. They can’t keep out of water. You take them to the seaside. We’ve been to the South Coast and you find
the dogs heading fo the Isel of Wight. There are very few health issues. Most breeders will have the dogs x-rayed for
hip displasia. The mean average for the breed is 10 -which
is pretty good. Entropion used to be in the breed which is
an eye condition. Where the eyelids turn inwards. That’s pretty well died out. It does occur occasionally. But most breeders know the lines where it
does come from. They’re all heart-tested and mean heart scores
are usually 0 or 1. So they are clear heart scores. Epilepsy used to be around. Again, it’s pretty well bred out. Most German Pointer breeders have been careful. It tends to be the pet owners – what I call
pocket money breeders that don’t bother. So it’s always better to go to a breeder and
really find out what’s behind your dogs. par
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