German Shorthaired Pointers

German Shorthaired Pointers are known for their affectionate, cooperative, intelligent and boisterous nature. Here’s all you need to know about these precious pups.

Considered a sporting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer breed is one of the most versatile hunting dogs. It fulfills the roles of both pointer and retriever, and it’s an upland bird and a water dog known to go after waterfowl. They swim incredibly well and can handle prickly, difficult terrain. This breed is tenacious and tireless—perfect for an active owner!

But German Shorthaired Pointers are more than just hunters. They’re also great family dogs! Born with a desire to please, these lovable pups want nothing more than to spend time with their human family all day long.

Why We Love the German Shorthaired Pointer Breed

  • German Shorthaired Pointers are a particularly clean breed that requires very little grooming.
  • They love to get lots of human interaction, so you’re getting an immediate best friend!
  • Your German Shorthaired Pointer is eager to please!
  • These happy-go-lucky pups are enthusiastic about any activity, especially if it includes exercise.

Things to Consider 

  • German Shorthaired Pointers have a strong hunting instinct, so if you have other, smaller pets, make sure you train your pup to distinguish between friend from food.
  • Failure to indulge their high energy and need for frequent and vigorous activity can result in undesirable and even destructive behavior. Make sure to give your pooch plenty of exercise and stimulation!
  • The German Shorthaired Pointer breed might grow quickly, but these dogs have an extended puppyhood, so be ready for extra puppy antics.

Why Rescue?

With all of their awesome qualities, it’s no wonder German Shorthaired Pointers are popular in the United States. Sadly, this makes them victims of overbreeding, which could exacerbate health issues in German Shorthaired Pointers like hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism. There are so many German Shorthaired Pointer rescues looking for a home. Help put an end to overbreeding—adopt a rescue and give these pups the love they deserve.

German Shorthaired Pointer Rescues 

Whether you’re looking for a German Shorthaired Pointer puppy or an older companion, there are tons of rescues just waiting to come home with you. Here are just a few:

Adventurous, intelligent & easy to train
Avg. Weight
45 - 70 lbs
Avg. Life Span
12 - 14 years
German Shorthaired Pointers near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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