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06-10-2014 07:49 AM
wyoung2153 We have decided to pass. Just with certain recent events.. it isnt the right time.. and the more we looked at temperament and energy, we want a more calm low maintenance (in terms of exercise) dog.

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05-30-2014 10:23 AM
Baillif I trained a working line one a month or so ago. I liked him. He was flashy, had great work ethic, and learned very quickly. He wasn't super into toy rewards or anything like that, but he was easy to motivate and was always up to do something.
05-30-2014 10:19 AM
FG167 I fostered for a rescue for awhile. My parents adopted one of my fosters (he was 5), and he is super awesome. Protective, affectionate, sweet, and I would say medium-energy outside, low-key inside. They just bought a working-line dog to hunt with and he's bonkers. His exercise needs are HIGH, he's go go go allllll the time (I have 4 working line GSDs in my house). They hunt him regularly, he lives on and runs frequently on acreage, and he's still busy busy busy. Also, I don't care for their coat, I prefer the double coat that balls up in the house. Their hair just does a nice even coating of tiny white hairs everywhere. That said, my parents LOVE their coats and will never go back to a double coated breed LOL

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05-30-2014 09:54 AM
wyoung2153 Thank you guys for your experiences! I appreciate it!

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05-30-2014 09:30 AM
Juno1 We have a GSP working lines, he hunts 1x a year, the rest of the year he is our indoor pet, and he is not neutered. He will be 3 in June, we've had him since he was 8 weeks. My opinion is he for the most part is fantastic. He has more energy than my GSD, but he is not crazy at all. He has impeccable house manners, is a GREAT family dog, gets along nicely with our GSD. We use a chuck it to throw in our yard for him about 3 to 4 x a day, and that keeps him happy. We also walk him on weekends, but as long as we tire him out with the chuck it, he's good to go.
Good luck in making your decision!
05-30-2014 09:01 AM
LaRen616 I have only known 2 German Shorthaired Pointers, they had different owners, both were males, both were diggers, both were escape artists, both were runners, both were destructive, both had A LOT of energy and stamina.

This breed needs LOTS of exercise and mental stimulation, they are a VERY active breed and will become destructive when bored and they will try to escape your yard if they do not get enough attention and exercise.
05-29-2014 07:49 PM
sit,stay They are very, very common here and I have fostered several over the years. They can be a little on the stubborn side. They train fairly easily and they are neat, tidy animals in the house. Kind of on the independent side, but not as independent as a hound (just more so than your typical sporting breed).

They all had fairly high exercise needs, with a few of them having extremely high exercise needs. Those few dogs that had the extremely high needs were absolute spazz dogs. They had a very hard time focusing and seemed more frantic than anything else.
05-29-2014 07:48 PM
wyoung2153 Thank you guys! This gives me a little more info on real life experience. I feel one could be a good fit.. gotta wait for the BF to come with me and check them out.. we'll see.. but I feel we might wait a little longer but at least I could check em out

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05-29-2014 07:37 PM
huntergreen my bro in law has had three and is an avid hunter. really nice well behaved dog, energetic out side, loved to play, eager to please and easy going and laid back in the house.
05-29-2014 06:09 PM
Amurphy26 I love them! I've had friends with them and seen good and bad GSPs. The bad have been crazy but no more crazy than any bored dog. The good have not been crazy in that it will get in your other dogs face, at least no more than any other pup. They love their exercise but similarly they love to curl up in their bed in front of the fire. If you're willing to spend the time on mental and physical exercise you will have an amazing dog. My husband is desperate for one!

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