Male GSPs normally stand about 23 to 25 in height measured at the withers, and weigh aroung 55 to 70 lbs. Bitches tend to be smaller with an approximate height of 21 to 23 in at the withers, and a weight of about 45 to 60 lbs.
The German Short-haired Pointer breed is one of the most energetic kinds of dog. They are clever, protective, willing to obey, eager to please, and extremely fond of their family owners. They love to engage themselves to several constructive activities with their masters such as jog, long walks, hunt, hike, or even a Frisbee game. Nonetheless, the breed is generally unsuitable for kennel-living. GSPs are spirited, friendly, and faithful. They tend to relate very well with children. Because of their excessive energy reserves, the breed requires plenty of daily exercise. They are considered to be best fitted for active families.
GSPs are typically a healthy breed. Nonetheless, like any other breed of dog, GSPs are also prone to a few health problems. These include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, lymphedema, and hermaphrodism. Other minor conditions include CHD, gastric torsion, entropion, VWD, OCD, and pannus. With proper diet and exercise, the breed, however, can live for as long as 14 to 16 years.
German Short-haired Pointers are generally not suitable for apartment-living. They best thrive in spacious yards, with active and athletic family owners. Although the breed is usually the indoor-type, they are capable of tolerating life outdoors during a mild climate. In addition, GSPs need a lot of vigorous exercise. Because they are tireless, energetic dogs, they have to be taken on daily, brisk, long walks, jogs, or runs. To keep them from becoming restless and destructive, they should never be under-exercised.