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Gun Dog: Are German Shorthaired Pointers Good Dogs for Family Pets?

By    |   Monday, 14 Dec 2015 11:25 AM

A German shorthaired pointer is a fantastic hunting gun dog and will help its master track everything from birds in the water to small game on the land.

German shorthaired pointers are energetic dogs and very intelligent and make terrific gun dogs for hunting season, but they are also great house dogs.

Here are some tips on how to make sure that your German shorthaired pointer is an ideal family pet as well as a hunting companion.

1. Behavior

This breed of gun dog is highly energetic and playful, which makes it a great family pet as well, according to PetGuide.com.

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They are lovable and usually get along well with all members of the family, although they often pick out a favorite family member to tag along with.

They are also considered a terrific dog to have around children and remain very protective of their people.

2. Training

The biggest problem with these gun dogs is that because they are very intelligent, they are also very stubborn and determined.

German shorthaired pointers really test the patience of their owners and it takes a strong and sturdy trainer to get the dogs to finally relent and allow for training. It might be even better to use a professional trainer because these dogs are one of the most difficult to train and control.

They are not dangerous to family members, but can be disruptive thanks to their energy levels and ease of distraction.

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3. Children


It is possibly better to have the dog around older children rather than toddlers, according to Dogtime.

The problem isn't that German shorthaired pointers are dangerous to toddlers, but it is that they are so energetic all the time, that they might be too much for a toddler to handle and could inadvertently hurt the baby.

However, for older kids, the dog is a great companion, especially if the dog was raised around the children since it was a puppy. Of course, it is always important to teach children how to approach dogs and it is also smart to teach them not to pull tails or get near the dog's food.

4. Other Pets

German shorthaired pointers get along well with other dogs, however there is a chance that they could become aggressive around other dogs of the same sex.

It is also a good idea not to own small, furry animals along with the German shorthaired pointer. These gun dogs were to hunt, so their prey drive is strong and they might become aggressive with small animals like cats and rabbits. If they were raised around them since they were puppies, it should be all right, but strange animals might be in danger.

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A German shorthaired pointer is a fantastic hunting gun dog and will help its master track everything from birds in the water to small game on the land. Here are some tips on how to make sure that your German shorthaired pointer is an ideal family pet as well as a hunting companion.
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