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Pointer vs Vizsla vs German Shorthaired Pointer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Pointer vs Vizsla vs German Shorthaired Pointer" Compare Pointer and Vizsla. Which is better: Pointer or Vizsla or German Shorthaired Pointer?
Name Pointer Vizsla German Shorthaired Pointer
OriginsEngland Hungary Germany
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank1133010
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Other Names English Pointer Hungarian Vizsla, Magyar Vizsla, Hungarian Pointer, Hungarian Short-Haired Pointer, Rövidszőrű Magyar Vizsla Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1960 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition No set American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain Australian National Kennel Council New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $400-$500 $800-$1200 $600-$800

General Appearance - Pointer vs Vizsla vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Size Medium Large Large Medium
Weight 44-66 pounds (20-30 kg) Male: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight 55 pounds (25 kg) Male: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (55-62 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (54-60 cm) Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm) Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm) Male: 24 inches (61 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm) Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Pointer vs Vizsla vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Coat Dense Fine Dense Hard Coarse Short No Undercoat Dense
Colors White Brown Yellow Black Golden Rust Russet Gold Dark Sandy Gold Roan Liver White Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The Vizsla requires minimal grooming.
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Pointers shed none to minimal.
Vizslas shed moderately.
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Pointer vs Vizsla vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Temperament Active Amiable Kind Intelligent Affectionate Outright Tempered Loyal Affectionate Energetic Intelligent Protective Cheerful Gentle Playful Quiet Easygoing Companionable Lively Friendly Evenly Tempered Trainable Willing Affectionate Bold Intelligent Boisterous Cooperative Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Average: Pointer's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Vizsla is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Pointers are very easy to train.
Vizslas are easy to train.
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Pointer is a highly playful breed.
The Vizsla is a highly playful breed.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Pointers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Vizslas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Vizslas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Vizslas are a social breed.
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Pointer barks occasionally.
Average: The Vizsla barks occasionally.
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Pointers are good watchdogs.
Vizslas are average watchdogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Pointers strongly protect their territory.
Vizslas are average defenders.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Vizsla has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pointers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Vizslas have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Vizslas have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Vizslas have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Pointers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Vizslas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Vizslas do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Pointer vs Vizsla vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Stranger Friendly
Pointers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards strangers.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Pointers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are kid-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards cats.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Vizslas are average friendly towards other dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Vizsla is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shorthaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pointers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Vizslas are usually recommended for elderly people.
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Vizslas are generally with other pets.
German Shorthaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Pointers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Vizslas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Shorthaired Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Vizsla breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
German Shorthaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Pointer vs Vizsla vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Health Issues
Pointers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
The Vizsla is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems No set Cancer Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Sebaceous Adenitis Gastric Torsion Hypothyroidism Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) Osteochondrosis Dissecans Von Willebrand's Disease Entropion Pannus Lymphedema Cardiomyopathy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-14 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Pointers are high energy dogs.
Vizslas are high energy dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Vizslas need a lot of exercises.
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Vizslas don't need too much sleep.
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Vizsla has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pointer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Vizsla is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Pointer vs Vizsla vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 6-8 puppies 7-12 puppies

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