Bred as a multipurpose hunting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a loving and devoted family companion. This breed is smart, friendly and sometimes overly enthusiastic about everything it does. GSPs love being around people and will like nothing more than being outdoors with friends and its family engaging in some activity such as a long walk, hike, jog or a game of Frisbee. It is best suited for a family who is equally active. When GSPs lack exercise, they can become high-strung, agitated and can develop bad behaviours. It also doesn't like to be left alone and can develop separation anxiety.
This dog breed is excellent with children, preferably with older ones, since toddlers may easily get knocked over, which means interaction should always be supervised. The German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent watchdog and will not hesitate to alert by barking when someone is approaching the house. The breed gets on well with other dogs, but with its strong hunting instinct, it is not always good around small pets such as cats or rabbits.
When it comes to training, the GSP is a people-pleaser so providing instruction and guidance will be easy. Although it does not respond well to harsh discipline, the German Shorthaired Pointer will need an owner who can display an air of authority, able to provide a firm, calm, and consistent training. Early socialisation will help ensure that the GSP will grow to be a more flexible and adaptable dog.