LABRADOR VS GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER
By William Atherton / November 10, 2020
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Labrador Vs Breed 2 Appearance: Being one of the most popular breeds in the world, the lab has a reasonably familiar appearance. Those floppy ears, the dark enthusiastic, and happy gaze, and that otter-like tails. They have a short water repellent double-coat, which comes in three primary colors: yellow, chocolate, and black. This breed is of medium size and can be up to 24.5 inches tall and weight up to 80 pounds. The GSP shares some features with the lab as they are both hunting dogs. The floppy ears for one. The GSP's short coat comes in various colors such as solids, patched, and roaned patters being the most popular. However, the tail of this breed traditionally has its tail docked. Some countries have outlawed the practice, so a long-tailed German shorthaired pointer is becoming a more common sight. This breed is slightly more lean in comparison to the lab though they are fairly similar in size. The GSP can get up to 25 inches tall and weigh up to 80 pounds. Labrador Vs Breed 2 Exercise Requirements And Grooming Requirements: Both the lab and the GSP are working breeds and have a high demand for exercise and mental stimulation. Without it, they can become incredibly destructive. This can be a challenge for the aspiring lab or GSP owner as fully draining their massive reserves of energy can be quiet the challenge. Even if you can wear them down enough to settle them down, they will be rearing to go again as soon as you say the word. Grooming requirements are also pretty similar between these two breeds. They have short coats which but they do shed regularly. They will need to be brushed at least once a week, but the process is relatively simple, as it can be achieved with a quick once over with some rubber grooming mitts or a firm hair bristle brush. Labrador Vs Breed 2 Life Expectancy And Health: The lab and GSP also share a similar life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. There are some health concerns in both breeds though neither has a large population strongly affected by genetic issues. Both suffer from elbow and hip dysplasia and can be at risk for bloat. Labrador specific problems include eye problems, and EID, or exercise-induced collapse. For the GSP, heart issues, eye problems, and cone degeneration, which can lead to day-blindness, are the main concerns. Labrador Vs Breed 2 Temperament and Social Needs: As we go forward with the rest of the video, it will be with the assumption that the dog has been given proper socialization and training from a young age. It will also be assumed that the dog is of correct temperament and disposition for its breed. It should also come as no surprise the temperament and social needs with both of these breeds are also somewhat similar. The lab is more friendly and outgoing, where the GSP be can be a little more cautious towards strangers at first, and they make good alert dogs. The lab is also more socially demanding. However, both the GSP and the lab have an absolute, non-negotiable need to be a be with their people and a fully integrated family member. Labrador Vs Breed 2 Intelligence And Trainability: What about trainability? These two breeds are intelligent ones. Both breeds are people, pleasers, and love, to be doing something- anything, which contributes to them being biddable and easy to train. Turning your training routines into a type of game can help the Labrador or the GSP stay more engaged, and it will also help get more of that insatiable energy out. Labrador Vs Breed 2 Child, Small Animal, and Other Dog Friendliness: If you are looking for a family dog to raise with your children, either the lab or the GSP would be a stellar choice. They are so naturally friendly and kind of soul that they pair well with children, especially if they can play together. As long as they have an outlet for their energy and aren't allowed to get too overenthusiastic in play kids, these breeds are a great match. If you want a breed that will do well with small animals, the lab wins out against the GSP- but just by a hair. These are hunting breeds with enormous activity demands and hunting drives. Boredom can get the better of them as they try to create their own games with the house cat- and an annoyed fleeing cat looks exactly like prey trying to scurry away, and prey is meant to be chased, you know? Above and beyond, socialization is 1000% percent required if you want a chance for this dynamic to work. With other dogs- the lab and the GSP are winners. Just keep in mind not all other dogs appreciate the amount of extroversion and playfulness of these two breeds. So, your lab or GSP needs to be able to read the cues from other dogs that enough is enough and have enough manners to take this cue and find someone else more agreeable to play with.