The German Shorthaired Pointer is the quintessential hunter and all-purpose gun dog with a keen scenting power. Its origins are unclear, but it is possibly derived from the old Spanish Pointer crossed with various local German scent hounds.
This active breed needs an equally active family and requires vigorous exercise. It is generally a happy and friendly dog and is well suited to families with children provided it is socialized. Training is necessary to quell its natural hunting instinct, and without mental and physical exercise, the German Shorthaired Pointer may become bored and hyperactive.
Despite their high level of athleticism and generally healthy nature, German Shorthaired Pointers, like all breeds, are still at risk for hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses German Shorthaired Pointers are prone to include hip problems such as hip dysplasia
; nerve issues such as acral mutilation syndrome; heart conditions such as aortic stenosis; and eye problems such as cataracts and entropion.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your German Shorthaired Pointer inherits more than just a love of chasing the ball around the yard, you’re covered.