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The German Shorthaired Pointer is a supreme hunting dog. The breed was developed for the sole purpose of being a do-it-all hunting dog, and the GSP is still a raving success. The GSP is a friendly and active breed that gets along well with other canines and humans. They can co-exist with other dogs their size agreeably. However, this breed might not be suited for homes with small dogs. The GSP has a serious prey-drive, and while they are easily trainable and catch on to training very quickly, sometimes, they just can not help themselves with small canines who can so closely resemble prey to them. Some individuals have a more reserved prey-drive, but others- like those from active working lines- might not break that instinctive urge.
With Dogs they don't live with:
Like dogs in their own home, the GSP is safest around other large dogs. The breed is somewhat extroverted, and they are playful, which can help them make friends with other active dogs. However, a more independent and not as active dog might not enjoy the GSP's high energy or run up and say hi mentality. This is why practicing introductions and socialization are vital with even such a personable breed as this one. They need to know how to read other dogs' cues to find someone else to play with. Or when others want to play. In public places, a GSP owner should also keep an eye out for small dogs, especially if they are unsure if their dog can resist the urge to chase and capture.
With small animals:
Small animals are a hard sell for the GSP. Their instincts to chase and seize are just so deeply ingrained in them. Like with small dogs, some GSPs will never have an issue with small animals. While with others, it might only lead to disaster and heartbreak. The best chance for a GSP to be successful is to get them at a young age when there is already a cat or another small animal present. Even sometimes, this fails, and it might not be worth it to put other house pets at risk.
With their Children:
German Shorthaired Pointers are naturals with children. The breed is so absolutely devoted to their families, including any children in the house. Even into adulthood, the GSP is just like a big puppy. They want to run around, play, and have fun. Kids are an excellent opportunity for all of those things. A GSP would adore having a super long game of fetch with their kid.
With other children:
As long as a GSP has been socialized with children and knows how to behave around them, they will be fine with other children who aren't their own. This breed might even hop right to entertain and play with some friendly and amiable kids.
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