The German Shorthaired Lab is a cross between the German Shorthaired Pointer and the Labrador Retriever. These large-sized dogs are rare and are not found easily. They are very adaptable to their surroundings and can easily fit themselves in all climates. They share in common a lot many characteristics of both their parent breeds. They are slender, tall and slim with short water-resistant coat. The shape of their skull is wide with long, hanging ears, deep, almond-shaped eyes, with mostly a long muzzle.
|Also known as||German Shorthaired Labrador Retriever|
|Coat||Short, Silky, Shiny, Water-Repellent, Smooth|
|Colors||Chocolate, black, brown, white, yellow, black and tan|
|Type||Watchdog, guard dog, sporting dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan||10 to 14 years|
|Height (size)||Large; Minimum 28 inches|
|Temperament||Alert, intelligent, cheerful, loyal, friendly, playful, social|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR|
The GSL is a large breed that would need a lot of space to stretch. They are energetic and playful and would play with children and at the end of an active day, they would want to curl up next to you. They are possessive by nature and would guard their families, thus making a great guard dog.
Though it is good with strangers, but as a watchdog, it is alert, and would start to bark immediately as soon as it sees anything strange or unknown person around. They have an even temperament and are always happy and gamesome, and are intelligent enough to understand what their owners expect of them. These dogs are best suited in apartments that are spacious, or have a yard for them to play.
General dog health problems that frequently affect other breeds of dogs in general should also be kept in mind. These include elbow hip dysplasia, skin allergies, infections, etc.
Train your German Shorthaired Lab to socialize when it is still a puppy. Because this dog has a hunting or retrieving instinct, especially inherited from its Labrador parent, help your dog get accustomed to other pets and also with people like your friends and relatives.
Keep it in a leash while you go out for a walk or jog, and do take the lead. This will make you the leader of its ‘pack’. The intelligent dog is ready to pick up tricks and training quickly mainly because it is ready to please its master. They are also good at jumping and fetching. Teach them retrieving games like ball games or Frisbees.
Provide them with all kinds of general dog foods that a large dog of its size and energy level needs. Raw foods (mostly bones and meat) are always good for your dog. However, if you stick to kibbles, make sure that the kibble is of high-quality and the food is meant for such large dog breeds.