Care and Health of the German Shorthaired Pointer

Due to its short and close-fitting coat, grooming the German Shorthaired Pointer is fairly simple. His fur can be brushed through very well and thus easily cleaned of coarse dirt. You should brush your dog about once a week so that loose hair can be easily removed.

In general, the German Shorthaired Pointer leaves very little hair behind and is therefore also great for keeping in the house, as you don’t always have dog hair lying around everywhere.

A German Shorthaired Pointer is generally very uncomplicated when it comes to nutrition, it usually tolerates normal wet and dry food. Unfortunately, as with most large dog breeds, the German Shorthaired Pointer also carries the risk of stomach upset.

In order to reduce the risk or even avoid it altogether, you should make sure to feed your dog smaller portions throughout the day. You should also make sure that you only give a puppy or young dog food with relatively little protein so as not to accelerate your dog’s growth and thus spare him any pain.

But when the dog is fully grown, you can of course give it food with more protein, as it then has a very high energy consumption.

Tip: If you want to give your dog a little treat, add a few fresh ingredients, such as vegetables or meat, to his normal dry food from time to time.

The average life expectancy of a German Shorthaired Pointer is around 12 to 14 years, but of course, there are exceptions. And they can still work as pointing dogs into old age.

If you feed your dog “normally”, nothing can go wrong, because an adult German Shorthaired Pointer in particular has a very high energy consumption and if he can let off steam every day, he actually hardly gains any fat.

There are no breed-specific typical diseases of the German Shorthaired Pointer, metabolic disorders can only occur in rare cases. Nevertheless, the dog should of course be regularly checked and vaccinated by the veterinarian. In addition, regular worming is very important if you use your dog as a hunting dog.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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