The German shorthaired pointer requires an experienced trainer as they need quite a lot of formal training. Their nature is to work separately with their handlers. Due to this fact, they need to be trained to understand that the trainer is in charge, and should come when called.
As one among the few hunting dogs that can execute in almost every gun dog responsibility, the German Shorthaired Pointer can be easily trained to perform these activities, yet may take time to make it perfect.
Even if they are not used to hunt, the German shorthaired pointer would still need formal training. Puppy classes such as agility, obedience, and other types of training are suited for this breed as an untrained dog will be impossible to manage.
The GSP takes instruction very well which is another reason why it is the perfect hunting companion and works harder than most working dogs of a similar size. It can work on both open ground and water with equal enthusiasm making it a truly versatile animal in the field. As a breed, the GSP is loyal and level-headed which makes it great as a hunter but also a brilliant pet. The dog is endearing to all members of the family and has a protective nature that is without aggression which makes it the perfect addition to any family home.
Although the German shorthaired pointer is powerful and active, they are also approachable and gentle towards humans and other animals. They are not nervous or unpredictable and make great pets for families. They love to play and the more energetic, the better so make sure you have enough dog toys and time to devote to exercising your pet on a regular basis. Exercise is also very important for mental stimulation with this breed.
Due to the nature of the work they were developed for, German Shorthaired Pointers are relatively tough health animals and suffer from few health problems. However, if your dog is involved in hunting activities, you need to be careful about the spread of bacteria and fungi from coming into contact with the game.
The German shorthaired pointer has a longer life expectancy than other dogs of this size and most live up to 14 years with no problems. This means that you can enjoy many years with this loyal and affectionate pet!