What Is the Best Dog Food for a German Shorthaired Pointer?

The German Shorthaired Pointer, often known as the GSP is a medium to large breed of dog that originated from 19th century Germany. It was bred as a hunting dog. Its long, powerful legs mean it can run very quickly and its webbed feet and strong muzzle make it effective at retrieving water fowl from water.

German Shorthaired Pointers are generally quite boisterous, intelligent, obedient and affectionate dogs. They can make good family pets so long as they are given enough exercise and space to run, and are trained well. They enjoy human interaction, and should be allowed to take part in family activities and not left on their own for long periods of time.

German Shorthaired Pointers can grow quite big. Females can be approximately 21-23 inches tall and weigh 45-60lbs. Males tend to be larger, reaching 23-25 inches and weighing 55-70lbs. The fact that Pointers are bred to be active hunting dogs must be borne in mind when deciding how much and what kind of dog food to feed them. They need lots of physical exercise and burn off a lot of energy running fast.

German Shorthaired Pointer

The recommended average daily calorie intake for an active adult 60lb pet pointer is 1504 calories. Puppies and young dogs need even more calories in relation to their weight as they are still growing. Adult German Shorthaired Pointers should be able to eat most canned and dry dog foods aimed at adult dogs and don’t require a breed specific recipe. However, it is important to choose a top quality dog food that supplies adequate nutrition to meet a Pointer’s needs in order to maintain good health. The best type of food can depend on a dog’s life stage, for example puppies should be fed on a specially formulated puppy food and older Pointers that are less active than when they were younger, may benefit from eating a senior dog food.

A dog food with an adequate protein content is recommended for any breed of dog, and the main ingredient of a quality kibble or wet food should be a whole meat protein. The healthiest food is one made from natural, real ingredients without cheap fillers that provide little nutritional benefit or artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners. The best dog food recipes, as well as being rich in animal protein, contain good sources of fat such as chicken fat or fish oil.

Some German Shorthaired Pointers may have sensitive stomach issues related to problems digesting wheat, corn or soy, in which case owners may see an improvement in their pet’s health by changing to a grain free dog food.

Other plant based carbohydrates such as rice, oats, barley and sweet potatoes are commonly found in dog food recipes and are not necessarily bad ingredients in moderation, although regularly feeding a dog a diet high in high glycemic carbs and low in protein can lead to weight gain and potential health issues related to obesity such as diabetes. Being overweight can also increase the chance of joint pain and mobility issues linked to hip dysplasia, which is a hereditary disorder that GSPs can be prone to.

German Shorthaired Pointers are a deep-chested breed that can be susceptible to gastric torsion or bloat. Owners can help avoid this by not feeding their dog immediately before or after exercise and making sure they don’t drink too much water with dry dog food.