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German Shorthaired Pointer

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Size: Large (60 to 100+ lbs.)
Lifespan: Long (12 to 15+ years)
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German Shorthaired Pointers are very energetic dogs that require lots of exercise. This is a hunting breed, which can run up to a hundred miles a day. Pointers are typically very friendly dogs that get along well with people and other dogs, but they are reserved around strangers. Their reactions around cats vary on a case-by-case basis, although they can be trained not to see a cat as prey. Pointers are fiercely loyal and are protective of their families, though they should be watched around young children as their energy can sometimes get the better of them. Although Pointers require lots of exercise they enjoy nothing more then coming home at night and sleeping on the couch. If you don't allow your dogs on the furniture, Pointers are not the dog for you. Pointers are not known for obedience when it comes to staying off the bed or couch. Pointers also are social animals who don't like being left alone for long periods of time, and become very nervous and destructive if isolated from the family. Pointers do best with either a large fenced-in yard or with a very energetic family that likes to take lots and lots of walks.

General Care

German Shorthaired Pointers are very friendly and loving dogs that are easy to train. (German Shorthaired Pointers are frequently noted in the Top 5 Best Frisbee Breeds.) Pointers are medium-sized dogs ranging from 40 to 75 pounds, with short, easy-to-groom hair that sheds an average amount. This short coat keeps them warm in cold weather, and requires only infrequent brushing and bathing. However, Pointers' ears should be checked regularly for ear infections. Pointers are generally healthy dogs with a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Common health problems include hip displasia and epilepsy. Pointers are often found in shelters and rescue groups for one of two reasons: excessive energy or timidity around loud and sudden noises ("Gun Shy").

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