German Shorthaired Pointer Shedding (All You Need to Know)

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.

  • Double coat
  • Short, thick, coarse hair
  • Solid liver, black or white, or black and white / liver and white
  • Ticked, patched or roan variations

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

Low 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

Easy Grooming

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!

Bottom Line

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.

German Shorthaired Pointer Shedding (All You Need to Know)

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2 thoughts on “German Shorthaired Pointer Shedding (All You Need to Know)”

  1. We have an eight-year-old predominantly liver-coloured GSP, well – at least he used to be. After several years lying on the back porch in the hot Australian sun he is now a rather horrible shade of copper/orange and the hairs are quite dry and rough. We use a professional shampoo and he has a shower 4 or 5 times per week when he gets back from the beach. He recently had a small patch on his side shaved for some stitches. That patch has now grown back beautifully soft and deep brown. I asked my vet if we should shave him completely and she looked at me as if I was mad. “No!” she said. Any reason why not? Or any other way of making him brown again?

    • Hi Neill,

      The first thing I would say is that I am not a veterinarian, so I can’t give you any personal advice about your dog, nor can I speak to your vet’s specific reasoning on the matter.

      That said, I do know that it’s typically not a good idea, except if your vet recommends it for a medical reason, to shave a double coated dog – which GSPs are. Reason being, a dogs undercoat protects them from both hot and cold weather alike, so removing it can expose them to temperature extremes. Not to mention, shaving any dog, single or double coat breed, exposes them to potential sunburn, mosquito bites and so forth. You can learn more about the difference between single vs double coated breeds here.

      With respect to the dryness you mentioned, the first thing I would do is ask your vet if it’s a good idea to be shampooing your dog 4-5 times per week, because that seems excessive to me, and even good shampoos can dry out your dog’s skin and hair. I would also research and ask your vet which dog food is optimal for your dog, because some dog foods are richer in things like marine sourced Omega 3 which may help improve your dogs skin and hair. You can see our top 10 rated dog food here.

      With respect to the color of your dog’s coat, with regular brushing, the old hairs should naturally fall out so that new hairs can take their place over time. So, provided your dog is healthy, is enjoying an optimal diet, and isn’t spending too much time in the sun, I personally don’t see any reason to shave him to regain the natural beauty of his coat.

      Thanks for commenting and all the best.


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