German Shorthaired Pointer

Sporting Group

Sonny and a Pup from DDS Kennels

The German Shorthaired Pointer, while primarily used in hunting, can be a good family dog.  Plays well with children (may be too “peppy”  for younger kids).  OK with other dogs but may try to catch your cats.  Low maintenance grooming but needs lots of exercise.  Older dogs can be suited for a quieter life style, but younger dogs are better suited for a country environment where a fenced yard is available.

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Notes for owners
Willing to please
Short Mnimal Not for apartments.  Lots of room to run.  Good with children.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America



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