***Following is a list of questions that we have been asked
over the years with regard to
Deutsch Kurzhaars and German Shorthaired Pointers. The topics vary, but all the information
may be useful to the new GSP
or DK owner as well as to those who've owned GSP's
or DK's for some time. Some of
these questions are asked of us very
frequently, while others are truly "one of
a kind", LOL!***
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GSP's / DK's as
Q1: Do GSP's/DK's make good family pets?
Are they good with kids?
House-Breaking / House Training
GSP's and DK's
Q2: Will our GSP/DK puppy come to us house trained?
Do-It-Yourself Training for GSP's /
Q3: Should I hire a professional trainer, or do my GSP's/DK's hunt training myself?
Feeding Your GSP
Q4: How much
and what should I feed my GSP/DK puppy or older GSP/DK?
GSP / DK
Breeding / Stud
Q5: Should I breed or "stud out" my GSP/DK?
GSP /DK Puppy Biting/Chewing
Q6: My GSP/DK puppy won't stop biting at us--he thinks we're his chew toys! HELP! At first it was cute, but now it really hurts. . .
GSP / DK Males vs.
Q7: Which make better pets and/or hunting dogs--male or female GSP's
Black/Whites GSP's / DK's
Q8: What's the deal with these black and black and white GSP's/DK's? Can they be registered? Isn't that color considered a fault?
GSP's / DK's as
Q9: I'd like to give my spouse/child/fiance/boyfriend/girlfriend/parent/etc. a GSP
or DK puppy as a Christmas present--I know he/she would love it. What do you think?
Buying GSP or DK Littermates
Q10: We want to get two GSP
or DK puppies from the same litter and train them together. Is this a good idea?
Buying GSP's /
Q11: I am looking for a 45- pound female GSP
or DK that's white, got a liver head with a white blaze, four large patches, and no ticking, just like my former dog. I want the dog on June 1st, and I want it to be . . . etc. etc. etc. Can you help me?
of GSP's / DK's
Q12: My GSP/DK won't come/stay/quit barking/heel/whoa. I'm thinking of getting an electronic training collar--I hear they work miracles. What is your recommendation?
Inbreeding, Outcrossing in GSP's /
Q13: What do the terms "line-breeding", "inbreeding", and "outcrossing" mean when talking about a GSP's/D'Ks pedigree or bloodines?
Sit, Stay, and
Whoa Training for GSP's / DK's
Q14: What's your take on teaching my
GSP to Sit, Stay before teaching her Whoa? I have read a few different opinions and wanted to get yours before I started.
GSP's / DK's
Q15: We've been diligent about taking our GSP/DK pup outside/ We take her to her "special spot" and she is doing well with this routine. However, there are times in the house where my eyes are right on her and she doesn't do any sniffing around or anything to cue us to fact that she has to go. Then it's too late to do anything except scoop her up and take her out to the yard. I don't know if we should be crating her more, if any negative reinforcement needs to be applied, or if we really are doing the right thing and she will begin to catch on. . .
vs. Natural Retrievers
Q16: Hi. I have a five year old
GSP that is pretty smart. I have worked with him a little and I really want him ready for the upcoming dove season. I have worked with live pigeons he will retrieve them and bring it back but I have never worked with him in the field or around a gun going off and he isn't
really consistent with bringing the
birds back. It's like he gets bored
or unfocused. I've also noticed
that he chews on the bird. Do you
have any advice that can help me?
Sensitivity/Gun-Shyness in GSP's /
Q17: Hi, I live in North Dakota, and recently bought a female shorthair who is now 5 months old. I live in prime pheasant country, and have a farm in the Central flyway for geese, ducks, and crane. I've started her on all basic commands, and recently started to work with her on the table. A few weeks ago I started to introduce her to guns and she seems to be real timid. Is there a way to go about this without making her gun shy? Thanks!
Age-Appropriate Training Schedule(s)
for GSP's / DK's
have a 5-mo old puppy who is my
first GSP. I teach Special-Ed
Pre-school, and she often goes to
school with me, where she is a great
hit with the kids. She is incredibly
patient and calm with all of them.
My question is this: I'm fairly new
to bird-dog training (and hunting,
too), but have friends that are
helping me. . . Where should she be
in terms of her training? She is
house-broken, doesn't chew or jump
on furniture or visitors, she's easy
to bathe and doesn't bark
incessantly, knows sit, is pretty
firm on stay, and is fairly well
behaved on the leash while walking
or jogging with me. In the field,
she is finding pen-raised quail, is
pretty steady on point, (she'll whoa
on point, but not too reliable on
whoa at other times), and retrieves
like a champ. Are we in line with
where we should be at this point?
I'm afraid I'm not hitting some
important skills. Thanks for your
Dermatosis in GSP's
I have an 18-month old, spayed
German Shorthaired Pointer female.
She was diagnosed with Canine Lupoid
Dermatosis last March. Currently I
have her on steroids, Omega-3 fatty
acids, Vitamin A, and an
antihistamine. Additionally, I have
just started her on Colloidal
Silver. Her flare-ups include fever,
itching and sores that scab over,
ranging from very small to very
large. Between flare-ups she has dry
skin and thin hair. Do you have any
info about this disease? Any success
stories? My vet and Canine
Specialist both say we should
consider putting her down, but I am
reluctant, as between flare-ups she
is a happy, loving dog. Her
flare-ups are sometimes weeks apart,
sometimes only a few days. I am
desperate to find out more
information about this devastating
disease. Thank You. . .
Between "GSP's" and "DK's"
Q20: What's the difference between a "DK"
and a "GSP", anyway? Aren't they the
Are DK's and
GSP's good with other Dogs?
Cats? Birds? Do They Make Good Guard Dogs?
Q21: I'm considering purchasing a DK or GSP. I have 2 other dogs--a
miniature schnauzer and a Lab, two
cats, and a cockatoo (pet bird). How
will one of these dogs do with my
about the color terms used to
describe GSP's and DK's--Can you
I've sent a deposit for a solid
liver GSP Female pup to a breeder.
Since then I've found out the pup
has some white on her chest and
belly. I'm confused. I thought
"solid" liver meant solid liver. The
breeder assures me the puppy is
still considered to be
solid-colored. Can you please advise
before I send in the balance of my
payment? By the same token,
I saw your description of "bright
white ticked" GSP's on your
website. I'm new to the GSP breed &
don't think I've ever seen a
non-patched black & white GSP. Can
you please direct me to or email me
a photo of a "white ticked" GSP? I
have yet to see a black/white ticked
or a liver/white ticked GSP with no
solid face. Is it hard to find a
black/white ticked GSP with NO solid
black patched face? In other words,
is a "purely ticked" GSP with
zero patching anywhere on the
coat--including the face--an
impossibility to find? How rare are
what is "roan"? Thank you in advance
for your time.
Biting Child or Children
We bought a two year old GSP female from a breeder and she wasn't used to being around kids. We have a 7 & 5 year old boys and a 3 year old girl at home and the GSP seemed good with them. I made the mistake of letting our GSP on our bed for one, but she seemed fine to play on my bed with my kids and me. However, yesterday we were just lounging on my bed with her and I turned over to kiss my 5year old son and my daughter was bitten in the face by our
GSP. I asume that our daughter did something to hurt her because there was no growl. My dilemma is should I bring the dog back to the breeder or give it some time and see how things pan out. I will of course no questions asked put my daughter before any pet, but I want to make sure I do the right thing. This is our first GSP and I really think she's a good dog but the truth is I don't know if I can trust her. Please let me know if you have any advice. Thanks.
/ Epilepsy in GSP's
I have a 4 year old female GSP
that has become increasingly aggressive. Two years ago she was put on phenobarbital because she had a couple seizures. Today she attacked a little boy at the soccer field. She was on a leash and she was unprovoked. Could you tell me if you are aware of phenobarbital making a dog aggressive? We love this dog so much and the thought of putting her down is breaking our heart. I've decided to take her off the medicine - what do I have to
lose? She also developed separation anxiety over the past two years. We've been able to correct this problem pretty much, but it sometimes rears it's ugly head. She's an awesome hunter and a wonderful pet. Please help if you have any information or could direct me to another source.
have a 8 year old German Shorthair
Male. He has been hunting all along
just fine. This year
has just started yelping and barking
going crazy with the Thunder.
you know of anything that would help
to get him to stop or not be afraid
of the thunder.
Anything would help. . .
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