Prey Drive In German Shorthaired Pointers

7 Feb 2024, 2:43 p.m. by Tracey McLennan


This is a hunting breed intended to hunt for game using their nose, point and stay still until the hunter can get to the dog and let the dog know they can go forward and push the prey out of the cover of vegetation. The dog may then be required to retrieve the shot game.

An interesting point to note is that in some parts of the world, the German Shorthaired Pointer is expected to be able to face and track larger game such as fox, wolves and wild boar. This may make some dogs of the breed more likely to grab and even kill prey animals.

Keep Your German Shortaired Pointer Happy

This is a breed who are intended to work closely with people in hunting. They are not dogs to walk while drinking coffee, talking on your phone or scrolling through Facebook. Pointers will benefit from your attention being on them – particularly when they are young.

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Predatory Motor Sequence statistics for German Shorthaired Pointers. The graph shows the percentage of German Shorthaired Pointers in my research study that had a strong level of interest in each behaviour.

Bar chart showing the percentage of German Shortaired Pointers intensely interested in each part of the predatory motor sequence

Hunt: 62%

Orient: 62%

Eye: 38%

Stalk: 38%

Chase: 54%

Grab-bite: 69%

Possess: 31%

Kill-bite: 15%

Dissect: 15%

Consume: 8%

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I am the founder of Best Dog Learning and Stuff and a massive prey drive enthusiast. I've lived with high prey drive dogs for over 20 years and I love them. I run the awesome High Prey Drive Club where I help my members learn to have fabulous walks and happy lives with their high prey drive dogs.

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