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German Pointer breed profile

Training and intelligence
They are very willing to work, which helps with training. German Pointers are very intelligent, and this coupled with a calm confidence means they can have a tendency to be dominant.

The German Pointer is loyal and protective, although not aggressive. Their hunting background means that they are very energetic. A balanced temperament means they are good family dogs, although they have to have enough exercise to keep them happy.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
German Pointers are reserved with people they don't know. Their strong hunting instincts necessitates thorough socialisation if they are not to be a problem with smaller dogs.

Grooming and shedding
The Short Haired German Pointer needs little grooming for its smooth coat, and is an average shedder. The Wire Haired German Pointer requires weekly brushing, plus hand stripping of the coat.

German Pointers have lots of energy, and needs considerable amounts of vigorous exercise to keep them happy and well balanced.

Need for company
It is not advisable to leave German Pointers alone too much. They need to be with their people, whom they love, and they can also become destructive if boredome sets in.

German Pointers like to bark. They are good watch dogs as they are very alert and concerned for their pack's safety.


268 - Crash tested dog car safety and dog inspired author

Just like us, our dogs need to be protected in the event of a collision of evasive manoevre in the car - but did you know that to be truly effective and safe car harnesses should be fully crash tested? We talk to the team inspired by experience to help keep dogs safe as they travel. Author Sue Kittow has experienced how dogs support us through tough times, and has turned her real life canines into characters in her touching novels.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.