German Shorthaired Pointer Puppies — Hunter & Friend
As a versatile breed, the German shorthaired pointer puppy can grow into an amazing family pet or working dog. Highly energetic, low grooming maintenance and a strong eagerness to please and be with his human family, this dog can go far in many sporting events, trials and competitions. After a long day of competing, though, he easily settles in to family life inside the home and becoming a lifelong playmate for the children.
Because of this breed's extremely high energy levels, it is not recommended for a relaxed lifestyle. This pointer puppy wants to be trained to go where you go, and work for you whether it is tracking your game on the hunt, retrieving your water fowl, or running along side you as you go about your daily jog. As an active puppy, he will need plenty of time and patience from his new family so that he can learn the ethics and manners of living in his human home. While he learns to live in human society, it is up to you to keep his instinctual drives and unending energy in check.
The German shorthaired pointer puppy can begin obedience training as early as 8 weeks old, the very day you bring him home! Since he is such a high energy dog, he should not be confined to a kennel but instead taught to live in the home as a member of the family. An ignored pointer puppy will become destructive, chewing and digging his environment and can easily injure himself in the process. Introduce him to an Agility obstacle, one at a time to keep his mind working and occupied. This breed will excel at nose work, so even as a young pup he can be introduced to early tracking techniques that can later be used as a search and rescue dog or field trial competitions.
Grooming your new puppy is quite simple. This dog, as his breed name suggests, has short and smooth fur. He does not have an undercoat, like a husky would, but instead just has one top coat to cover his body. This ensure that his body can easily regulate his temperature when working outdoors in a variety of weather and keeps his skin safe from obstacles that the forest may present him, such as thorns and burrs. A weekly brushing to knock out dead and loose hair as well as brushing out debris away from the skin is essential to keeping him comfortable. Brushing also massages the skin and promotes healthy oil production that protects each fur strand.
Your German shorthaired pointer puppy's ears will need monitored on a weekly basis, right into adulthood. Because he does have floppy ears, it is up to you to keep an eye that moisture does not build up and cause an infection, or ear mites don't make themselves at home. You can wipe clean the outer ear of your puppy with specially made ear wipes or a clean cloth to mop up any unwanted debris and dirt.
While this breed is extremely social, it is important that as a puppy he is exposed to various handling exercises that a groomer and veterinarian will perform during routine visits. Again, this goes back to your pooch being a very energetic breed! If he can view handling, such as looking into the ears, flipping up the lips, and palpating the abdomen, as a relaxing positive experience he will happily stand quietly and allow the professionals conduct what they need to get the job done.
Don't forget health!
When researching your puppy's breeder, make sure that the proper genetic health testing has been done on all breeding dogs. Doing so helps the breeder make educated decisions on what animals should be bred together, and who should not breed at all. It helps to prevent the passing of preventable hereditary illnesses.
This pointer breed specifically can be prone to hip dysplasia and even epilepsy. It is important that you do your own research in learning all you can about both diseases and how they can be prevented before seeking out a breeder. Ask the breeder questions about both the health and temperament of their breeding animals.
A fun breed
While the German shorthaired pointer is not an apartment friendly dog, with the proper exercise and mental stimulation he can become an amazing best friend to the entire family. He would love it if you put him to work, doing something constructive such as fetching the paper or learning a dog sport. Over all, your new puppy will be happy just to follow you and help wherever he can!