5 Reasons you SHOULD NOT GET A German Shorthaired Pointer Puppy
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5. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a hunting dog extraordinaire. They are fantastic at what they do. However, this can be a potential downside for someone who has cats or other small animals, this includes toy breed dogs- or wants to have a cat or other small animals in the next twelve to fourteen years. Like other breeds of hunting dogs, the German Shorthaired pointer does possess a high prey drive and instincts to chase, some with deadly intent. While some German Shorthaired Pointers can be trained to not chase smaller animals, it would naturally see as prey, it does take consistent and careful guidance from a young age to achieve this kind of result. It also requires careful research as some German Shorthaired pointers bred from hunting lines will have a more profound prey drive and could potentially be a real struggle to get them to accept small critters. If you have small animals or are planning on getting some soon, this might not be the breed for you.
4. One of the most common behavioral issues with German Shorthaired pointers is that it can be prone to jumping. This is a very energetic, friendly, and excitable breed. Especially when they are younger, and they may find it very hard to contain themselves when they are meeting new people, or their family finally comes home after some extended time alone. This can potentially be a problem with families who have small children, or elderly family members, who might get knocked about by this boisterous breed. While this can be corrected, and while the breed may be friendly and sociable, it might not be the right choice for someone who has something gentler.
3. The next major point we need to discuss is that this breed were also bred to be companions. The German Shorthaired Pointer has an almost constant supply of energy, and a profound desire to be with their humans. So, when you put these two things together, one could have an incredibly destructive dog while its family is out of the house due to how easily this breed can develop separation anxiety. So, this dog might not be ideal for someone who works long hours or is out of the home often and leaves the dog to its own devices, with such an incredible desire to be with, and apart, of its family. This dog breed also does not do well in environments where it is expected to live outside full-time. So, for anyone considering a German Shorthaired Pointer as an outside dog, they might want to think twice as this is a surefire way to make this breed miserable. They would definitely do better with a family or individual who is more active and likes to take their dog along with them wherever they go.
2. While this breed is incredibly intelligent and usually easy to train, it can also be challenging and frustrating in its younger years. When this breed gets to around six months of age, its energy and prey drive begin to kick in. The breed can also have a longer maturity cycle and can take upwards of three years to fully come into a more adult mindset though they never fully lose that puppy-like energy. During this period, the breed can be willful or have problems with attention. Especially when they catch onto an interesting scent, they feel compelled to explore. Even once they mature, this breed can still have an independent mindset and may disobey commands if they don't think that is the right thing to do at the moment This can be quite the undertaking to guide the dog into more appropriate behavior and responses. So, while the results can be incredible, if you have in mind is a dog that matures faster and doesn't retain that puppy level energy throughout its life, this breed might not be right for you.
This is a biddable breed that thrives on having structure, so even with possible frustrations, proper obedience training is a must for the German Shorthaired Pointer.
1. Energy. This breed has an endless supply of it, and it needs an owner that understands that and is willing to give it a positive outlet for it. A walk or game of fetch in the backyard is not going to be enough to fulfill a German Shorthaired Pointers need for activity. This breed needs vigorous exercise daily. On top of physical activity, this breed also needs mental stimulation. Without both of these things, this breed will become unbelievably pent up and bored, and they are smart enough to seek out their own ways to get out that excess energy and queal their boredom. This can include getting into garbage cans, climbing fences, digging, or destruction of furniture. If you are less active and looking for a breed that will just hang out, you probably shouldn't get a German Shorthaired Pointer.
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