German Shorthaired Lab

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55-65 lbs
United States
German Shorthaired Pointer
Labrador Retriever

The German Shorthaired Lab is a mixture of the German Shorthaired Pointer and the Labrador Retriever parent breeds. He is a large dog who is an eager, agile hunter. His parent breeds have origins in Germany and Newfoundland, Canada and both are well experienced on the field and in the water. This hybrid is a great dog for first time pet owners as he is friendly and easy going with people and animals alike. Not known to be noisy, he does require a good exercise regimen and has moderate grooming needs.

Companion, Hunting
Date of Origin
German Shorthaired Pointer and Labrador Retriever

German Shorthaired Lab Health

Average Size
Male German Shorthaired Lab size stats
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 55-80 lbs
Female German Shorthaired Lab size stats
Height: 26-26 inches Weight: 55-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Lab Tests

German Shorthaired Lab Breed History

There is not a lot of information on the German Shorthaired Lab hybrid itself, but we can learn about the parent breeds in order to understand what to expect from the hybrid breed. The German Shorthaired Pointer was once described as the German Bird Dog and was crossed with the very useful Bloodhound and the athletic Spanish Pointer, creating an agile breed who loved to follow a scent. Once brought to the United States, this canine was further developed by Dr. Charles Thornton, an enthusiast of the breed. He was influential in reviving the German Shorthaired Pointer after a decline in popularity in the early 1900s, specifically after the World Wars. A loyal companion and an excellent helpmate on the field, this breed can track, retrieve and point. He is presently the American Kennel Club's 11th most popular breed and is a member of the Sporting Group. A canine known for his prowess in the water, the Labrador Retriever is now the most popular dog in North America. He is native to Newfoundland, Canada and was first called the St. John's dog. He fished the Labrador sea, assisting the hard working fisherman in his day to day duties. A proficient netminder and retriever of lost fish, he was later imported to England where his soft mouth enabled him to retrieve waterfowl as well as fish. He became the Labrador Retriever, named after the Labrador sea where he once worked. Like the German Shorthaired Pointer, he is registered with the American Kennel Club in the Sporting Group.

German Shorthaired Lab Breed Appearance

A dog of great endurance, his frame will be athletic and agile. The German Shorthaired Lab may be a solid liver color or may be a combination of liver and white which may be described as ticked, patched, or roaned, or could have a deep reddish-brown coat lightened by white hairs like the Pointer parent. The Labrador Retriever parent has a double coat. The top layer is short, thick, and straight and the undercoat is soft. It is a perfect coat for retrieving game from water as it repels the water. The Lab parent comes in a variety of colors which are chocolate, black, and yellow. Your German Shorthaired Lab may have the weather resistant/water repellent feature to his coat. He will have alert, friendly eyes and a long muzzle. His ears will hang long and have a soft covering of fur. His legs will be strong and he will have a long tail.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown German Shorthaired Lab eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black German Shorthaired Lab nose
Coat Color Possibilities
red German Shorthaired Lab coat
brown German Shorthaired Lab coat
white German Shorthaired Lab coat
black German Shorthaired Lab coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
German Shorthaired Lab straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

German Shorthaired Lab Breed Maintenance

The German Shorthaired Lab typically has a double coat. The top layer is short, thick, and straight and may be longer on the underside of the tail and haunches. The undercoat is soft yet protective, and repels the water, allowing him to swim in cold water. He does shed, but does not require a great deal of extra grooming. Brush him with a pin brush daily. At times of heavy shedding, you can use a de-shedding tool to help remove the loose fur. He can be bathed once every two months unless of course, he gets dirty or muddy. Because this hybrid is so fond of the water, he can be prone to ear infections. Make sure his ears are completely dry after every swim. An active dog such as this can wear down his nails naturally, but check them regularly just in case they need a trim. Brush his teeth every few days.

Brushes for German Shorthaired Lab
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
German Shorthaired Lab requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

German Shorthaired Lab Temperament

The German Shorthaired Lab is very clever. He is easy to train and eager to please but needs to be reassured and does not like to be left alone for long periods of time. He may experience separation anxiety and should always spend much of his time in the house with the family. This should not be a problem as this hybrid is very sweet and a people pleaser. He is well suited to therapy work due to his kind and gentle nature. A dog who likes to use his brain, he is happy when in competition or at work. He should get along well with children and other canines, but supervision is always suggested.

German Shorthaired Lab Activity Requirements

The German Shorthaired Lab is a very active dog. He will need ample exercise to ensure that he does not gain weight. Additionally, exercise can be used to work both his body and his brain. He will enjoy agility, obedience training, and trips to the dog park where he can hone his social skills. This hybrid needs a home with a fenced yard, so is not made for apartment living. Barking, chewing and other mischievous behavior may appear if he does not get adequate fresh air, activity and mental stimulation. He could be a great jogging or hiking partner if given the opportunity.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

German Shorthaired Lab Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

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