The German Shorthaired Pointer is a fun, high energy dog that makes for a great all round companion. They are good with children and enjoy play time whenever they get the chance.
On the same token, they are purpose bred hunters.
They were originally bred in Germany in the late 1800’s as a hunting dog, and belong to the the pointing breed. A ‘pointer’ is characterized by their instinct to spot and point towards game with their muzzle.
So they’re a very versatile breed, and one that needs lots of exercise and attention.
How much hair do they shed? Let’s find out...
The German Shorthaired Pointer's Coat
The adult German Shorthairs coat is short, thick and coarse. Although it is a lot smoother around the head and ears as with most dog breeds.
The coat colors in this breed include solid liver (deep brown), black and white. Or a combination of liver and white, or black and white. His coat is often ticked, patched or roan, or a variation of these.
Ticking on a coat is small markings of color over a white background. While patching is essentially just a larger version of these markings. A roaned coat is a fine mixture of both color and white hairs throughout.
They also have a dense, water resistant undercoat too, which keeps them warm and dry in the colder weather. This has a direct impact on his overall shedding, especially at certain times of the year like spring.
German Shorthaired Pointer Shedding
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a low to moderate shedder.
Many people assume that short hair dogs do not shed, or shed a lot less. But this is simply not the case. All dogs shed at least some hair.
In the case of a shorter hair breed, it’s often a case of not being able to notice the shedding as much, as you would with a longer hair dog.
In any case, German Shorthairs are not heavy shedders. Which is good news! The only caveat here is that smaller hairs can be more difficult to remove from carpet and upholstery.
It’s also worth noting that the undercoat plays a part in how much hair he will shed, and when. He will ‘blow coat’ during seasonal and hormonal changes. Which is perfectly normal.
As long as you’re aware of this and be proactive about it, this won’t be an issue. There are some very practical ways you can reduce general, and seasonal shedding. Such as diet, regular bathing and grooming.
Grooming Your German Shorthaired Pointer
Looking after your GSPs coat is simple in comparison to many other breeds. And maintaining a good grooming schedule is one of the best ways you can reduce shedding.
When bathing, a quality dog shampoo is best. As it will not contain harsh chemicals and it won’t strip your dog’s coat of it’s natural oil. Bathing once or twice per month will suffice. Try to avoid over bathing, as this can cause skin irritation, which can lead to excessive shedding.
Brushing your dog should be a daily routine if possible. Not only will this remove loose hairs, but it will help to spread the natural oils throughout his coat.
Using a firm bristle brush, fine tooth comb or a rubber hand mitt will get the job done.
As long as you are gentle and take care to use the right brush, this is one of the most practical ways to reduce excessive shedding. It’s also a great way to bond with your companion!
German Shorthaired Pointers are a low to moderate shedding breed, and they’re easy to groom. So maintaining his coat and reducing shedding is simple, and mostly comes down to a good diet and regular grooming.