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German Shorthaired Pointer Growth Chart – From Pup To Full Grown GSP!

German Shorthaired Pointers are hunting dogs widely bred in Germany in the late 19th century.

The otherwise energetic and highly competitive dog makes a beloved family companion as well.

What is probably among the most accomplished sports and hunting dogs in the world can develop destructive tendencies.

Lack of physical activity and inexperienced owners are prime reasons for bad behavior in the GSP.

But when exactly is it okay to start what kind of exercise to avoid stunting growth in your GSP?

Every responsible owner should carefully monitor the pup’s growth rate.

The weekly progress and deviations speak volumes about the dog’s health status.

What could happen if you don’t pay close attention to the pup’s growth rate?

Letting the dog become too large too quickly can open the door for musculoskeletal problems while slower growth can indicate an underlying disease.

German Shorthaired Pointer puppies grow fast and their bodies change quickly.

There are a lot of things to consider when you desire optimal growth so let’s take this tour step by step.

German Shorthaired Pointer Growth Chart

The growth chart is an approximate guide for anyone that wants to know if the puppy is growing as expected.

Don’t be discouraged if your beloved pet is a late bloomer.

Weight and height differences while growing between different litters and between brothers and sisters from the same litter can be massive.

Some dogs grow slower and there’s nothing wrong with it.

While mild differences from the numbers on the chart don’t mean that much, drastic deviations should be evaluated by a knowledgeable veterinarian.

Growth chart for the German Shorthaired Pointer listing the breed's weight and height by age as well as male or female.
Image by Pawleaks

The German Shorthaired Pointer is categorized as a medium-sized to large dog breed.

Since large dogs are more prone to bone and joint development issues, proper growth is essential for your GSP.

Genetics is the decisive (but not only) factor that’ll contribute to your personal dog.

It’s very difficult to predict the adult size of a very small puppy.

The runt of the litter most likely won’t be the biggest showstopper later on but you can never say for sure until their bone growth is finished.

Even when the dog is 6 months of age and there are significant individual differences, there’s no guarantee of the outcome.

I’d personally feed an active breed such as the GSP a raw diet. Want all the raw diet benefits without the hassle?

A balanced raw meal plan shipped right to my doorstep with high-quality ingredients and already portioned would cost me less than I currently pay for my Rottweiler’s self-made raw diet. Go figure.

GSP Puppy Weight & Height at 8 Weeks

The average body weight in female German Shorthaired Pointer puppies is around 10 lbs (5 kg) and males weigh 13 lbs (6 kg) at 8 weeks of age. Male puppies are 12 inches (30 cm) tall and females have 11 inches (28 cm) in height.

The 8th week is smack in the middle of the period during which the German Shorthaired Pointer goes through some drastic change.

The newborn puppies are dependent on their mother and need to snuggle close to her to keep their body temperatures normal.

Up until the third week of their lives, they can barely walk because of their weak muscles.

After the third week and in the next 8 weeks the muscles of the GSP puppies become much stronger.

They are weaned off at 5-6 weeks of age and by that time their set of deciduous (baby) teeth is already completed.

They have little time to lose and that’s why the first 4 months are characterized by rapid growth.

4-Month-Old German Shorthaired Pointer

By the time the intensive muscle growth begins to slow down, the 4-months-old female puppies weigh 23-31 lbs (11-14 kg) and the males 28-34 lbs (13-16 kg).

The difference between the two genders is already clearly visible at this age.

It’s very unusual for puppies of this breed to have periods of non-proportional growth.

For example, in some large breed puppies, their bodies seem very slim at 4 months of age and fill out with muscle mass afterward.

German Shorthaired Pointer puppy with big-boned legs outdoors next to a human handler in boots.

German Shorthaired Pointers shouldn’t look skinny, but even if they are, don’t worry too much.

When you are very concerned you can always make a trip to your vet (make sure they’re somewhat knowledgable about this breed).

Don’t increase the food portions when the dog is skinny if you don’t know the reason first.

At 4 months of age, it’s time for your puppy to start with teething.

It takes about 2 months for the permanent teeth to replace all of the deciduous teeth.

At What Age is a German Shorthaired Pointer Full Grown

A German Shorthaired Pointer becomes a full-grown adult between 1.5 and 2 years of age.

By half-year of age the average weight for male puppies is 39-49 lbs (18-22 kg) and for females is 33-42 lbs (15 kg-19 kg).

The growth substantially slows down after 6 months of age.

Many of the puppies can already be near their adult height at this point.

Much of the calories they acquire are going to be used for bulking up in the future.

The puppy will still need a lot of calories but the frequency of feeding can be reduced.

You need to divide the daily amount into three portions before the sixth month and can switch to twice a day at that time.

Generally speaking, the GSP will not continue growing after the 18th month but may pack a few extra pounds.

The cognitive development continues and in some puppies, you can notice a sudden onset of stubbornness that’s probably because of their teen phase.

The psychological development is also completed by the dog’s second birthday.

Is My GSP Underweight/Overweight?

German Shorthaired Pointers have very healthy appetites. If you let them go, they will gain extra weight in no time so adjust your GSPs diet carefully if he’s overweight or if the vet told you that he’s a little too light.

Obesity is not your dog’s friend and it’s especially dangerous in dogs engaged in vigorous exercise.

Sports dogs are likely to suffer from all sorts of soft tissue and hard tissue injuries.

Tendon and ligament tears, bone fractures, and joint inflammations are nothing surprising in the world of sporting dogs.

Like it or not, your GSP is a sports breed and even though yours might lean toward the companion side, the dog will show his sporting behavior.

Overweighing can only accelerate the process of joint inflammation in large dog breeds that are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia.

German Shorthaired Pointers do develop hip dysplasia – a condition when the structures of the hip joint don’t fit properly.

Instead of sliding smoothly, they rub against each other and the joints deteriorate over time.

Even though hip dysplasia is a genetic condition, most dogs are born with normal hips.

One of the main factors that contribute to the development is improper weight, along with excessive growth rate and rigorous (or too little) exercise in puppies.

The symptoms of hip dysplasia can appear as early as 4 months of age.

The severity can vary and what most owners notice is limping, hind-end lameness, and decreased activity.

Joint supplements can help some puppies slow down the progress of dysplasia, but finding a breeder who tests for this is key.

The extra weight puts extra pressure on the ligaments and the tendons so they are more vulnerable.

Think about the burden on the cardiovascular system that needs to deal with physical activity and obesity at the same time.

If your dog is obese it doesn’t mean you should avoid sports – on the contrary!

Get him on a weight-management plan and along with your vet work on ways to reduce your dog’s weight safely.

You can tell whether your dog is overweight or not if you run your hands along his sides.

When you can’t feel his ribs beneath your fingers then the dog probably is.

On the other hand, if the ribs or spine are visible through the coat that means the animal is too thin.

German Shorthair Pointer Size

There are big differences in size within the breed considering the weight and height of adult males and females. Full-grown females can have 44-60 lbs (20-27 kg) and full-grown males somewhere between 55-71 lbs (25-32 kg).

Male German Shorthaired Pointer adults are 23 to 25 inches (58-64 cm) tall while their female counterparts are approximately 21 to 23 inches (53-58 cm) high at the shoulder.

If you’d try to categorise a GSP, they’d be somewhere between M and L.

Knowing your pup’s parents is the only reliable indicator of the adult size of your furry companion.

You need to be careful when you choose the breeder that will provide you with a new family member. 

Trustworthy breeders are always open for questions and will gladly show you the dog’s parents and pictures of how puppies from previous litters developed.

Besides genetics, another thing that can affect the size of the dog is nutrition. It’s not just the amount of food the dog takes, but its qualitative values too.

Low-quality food that lacks sufficient proteins, vitamins, and minerals will negatively affect the dog’s development.

Bad food weakens the dog’s immunity and he is left vulnerable to all sorts of diseases that can additionally compromise the growth.

Even though exercise isn’t directly linked to the final size of a dog, it can help a pup boost up his health during the most important stages of his development.

There’s hardly any way you can stop a GSP from being an active beast so use that to your advantage.

How big did your GSP get? Share with us in the comments below!

About Danielle

I am the founder of PawLeaks where I share weekly tips on dog training and behavior. Sharing a passion for dogs and helping owners to solve problems through understanding canine behavior and modification is my number one goal.

Brenda

Saturday 12th of February 2022

Our puppy is a mixed GSP x Maremma so we don't know what to expect. She is such a delight, and so full of energy! She is six months old and 23 inches tall. I do have a behavioral question. She loved everyone who came to the house and then suddenly one day began to fear everyone but her family and one friend. We started getting people to give her treats when they came and that seemed to help a little. Any advice on what we can be doing to help her overcome this new fear?

Danielle

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Hi Brenda, it's not rare that confident puppies turn pretty anxious suddenly and it's called the fear stage. Most pups have it to some degree so don't worry. As long as there's no serious issue, just keep training, create positive associations, socialize your dog and you should be fine.

Expose her to people, positively reinforce confident behavior and just ignore fearful behavior. Train consistently and leave at the peak. Slowly progress to new situations.

Hope that helps, Danielle

Richard

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Our puppy Fritz IS the most handsome dog. Weighed him yesterday at 7 1/2 months he is 24.9 kg. A healthy weight for his size ( I think). Always well behaved 🤣 beautiful family beast

Brigette

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

Hi, my Emma has just turned 7 yrs old. She is 55 lbs has maintained that weight for about 4 yrs. She runs everywhere, chases squirrels and bunnies. Has a slow time getting in the truck and moving over to her side of the bed when we are ready to join her. I did subscribe to a gsp group to show off my baby, but they were so critical of her weight I got outa there. My vet says her weight is fine and as long as she's active it's good. Her parents were gsp mixed with chocolate lab, though she looks all gsp. Was gonna try the new dog food that get mailed, Farmers dog. Any recommendations?

Marie

Saturday 4th of June 2022

@Brigette, I have a 4.5 year old GSP who I run for at least an hour a day and we take weekend excursions in our Jeep wrangler to get out of the city. He was looking thin so I did a bit of research and switched to Petsmart brand Authority for active breeds for his hard food and pet fresh for his dinner. It seems to be a good fit, now he just looks like a complete stud. The GSP community like any other can be critical. Don't pay attention to the haters. People are always going to try and make themselves feel better by putting others down, don't let them get to you. I'm sure Emma is beautiful!

Danielle

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Hey Brigette, 55 pounds is within the range for an adult female GSP. As mentioned, height is very important factor when it comes to proportions.

You can just look up guidelines for healthy dog weights and if your dog's ribs, spine, tail base, etc. are not poking out or completely covered, you're probably okay. Just feed your dog what the packaging says and maybe adjust a bit up or down depending on the exercise.

If you're wondering whether or not it could be the quality of the good, a switch might a good idea. Personally, I feed my Rottweiler raw as it allows me full control over her weight and exact nutrients.

Cheers, Danielle

Carole jose

Thursday 25th of November 2021

Hi I have a gsp and would like some help on training her she's 6 month old

Danielle

Saturday 27th of November 2021

Hi Carole, if you'll check out my Start Here page, you'll notice a lot of articles on how to train puppies and dog behavior in general. Hope you'll find something that helps.