“All-terrain” is the best description for the German Shorthaired Pointer: companion, guardian, show dog, obedience and the most versatile hunter in the market.

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a smart and enthusiast hunter, with a slim outline, a clean cut head, short and powerful back, deep chest, sloping shoulders, solid bones and a thick coat, which can be considered short. At first sight it should be symmetrical and balanced. The head should not be too light or heavy; the skull is wide; the line sloping forward should ascend gradually without a defined stop; the muzzle is long and never pointy or snub (as the pointer). The ears are wide and very high inserted, not too long. The eyes, medium sized, are preferably dark brown (yellow eyes should be avoided); the nose is brown (flesh colored or spotted nose is to be avoided); perfect scissors bite. The shoulder blades are flat and sloped backwards, never loose or straight; the forearm is long and with good reach. The hair is short and thick and rough to the touch; the skin, firm and tight. The tail, with moderate length, should be firm and high inserted, never curved over the back or towards the head, and always well carried. The male should weigh between 27 and 30 kg; the female, 5 kg less. The male stands between 58 and 63 cm to the withers; the female 5 cm less (2.5 cm variations are severely penalized). For the FCI, from 62 to 66 cm in males and from 58 to 63 cm in females. The coat is a solid liver color or combinations of liver with white, roan dark brown and roan light brown, with the head brown, black with the same marks as the brown or roan (tan patches are admitted). In the United States the AKC doesn’t admit black, red, orange, lemon or tan in any part of the body and a completely white dog either. In England solid black or black with white is acceptable, although never tricolor.
Don’t be fooled by these resting Pointers: this is an active, outdoorsy breed that requires plenty of exercise and stimulation (that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t like to rest at your feet after a long field trip). The German Shorthaired Pointer is an active dog, with plenty of energy that is happiest in a country home where it can exercise regularly. Perhaps too nervous to live in a flat, it is not best for it to live locked up. It loves children, and is as extroverted as soft with them. It is a hunter with a fine sense of smell. Training is not difficult with a well adjusted dog, and complete control is essential for a reliable dog.
A medium sized, substantial dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a lot of puppy after eight weeks. It is as awake as the rising sun, and almost as bright!

The eight week old German Shorthaired Pointer should weigh 7.5 kg. It grows quickly until around four months, and then more gradually. During these four months of quick growth it is vital to provide proper diet, with supplements if possible. With a good nutrition, the maximum height is usually reached at around ten months, although complete maturity is not reached until it is two and a half or three years old. The bite is usually correct in this breed, and a slight upper prognathism can be corrected by itself when turning an adult. The owner should be prepared for an active adolescent, with a strong hunting instinct, which is typical to the breed. We should devote plenty of time to channel such exuberance every day, to prevent it from becoming a destroyer.
Choose a trusting and extroverted puppy. Avoid nervous or aggressive puppies. A calm and stable temperament eases education and coexistence. The owner should be firm and consistent to keep his Pointer attentive and out of trouble.

A resistant and working sport dog in essence, the German Shorthaired Pointer usually lives actively well past ten years. There is a limited incidence of hip dysplasia, entropion, Von Willebrand disease (type II is rare but hereditary), and trombocythopy (another blood anomaly). Common eye problems such as superficial chronic keratitis (a progressive, but treatable disease) can present, as well as a third eyelid disorder (nictitating membrane). Although case cancers are reported (especially fibro sarcoma and melanomas), in the elder dog renal deficiencies, heart attacks and serious arthritis are more frequent.

There have been cases of a rare and unusual disease called amaurotic idiocy, which is manifested through a lack of coordination and progressive confusion, ending in death. Although hair care is minimal, ear infections are frequent. Diet and exercise are to be regulated to avoid stomach torsion risk.