The overall appearance of the dog should be a streamlined, muscular animal. This shows the animal’s ability to make quick sharp turns and to run for extended periods of time.
At a glance this dog should appear well balanced. The average weight for this dog is 60-70 pounds (27-32 kg) and it should be between 21 and 25 inches (53-64 cm) in height. By these standards, the GSP is a medium sized dog. A slim, lean dog should not be faulted whereas a dog that has extra fat, or appears loose, should be penalized. Dogs which have uncommonly long legs will not be able to move as well as those which are better proportioned, and may lack stamina.
A well balanced perfectly formed dog will be slightly longer than it is tall. This measurement is taken from the dog’s prosternum to the point of its bottom. The posternum is the center chest point on the dog located between its front legs at the base of its neck. The height of the dog is measured from the floor to the top of the withers.
The dog’s floppy ears should be set high on the head and be of medium length. Furthermore, they must lie flat against the head, and never hang away. Additionally, the ears should be above the level of the eye. The preferred muzzle is long and broad. These animals are often required to carry heavy game and their nose should reflect their ability to do so. A muzzle that is pointed is not desirable. The nose of the dog should be brown and large. Light colored noses or ones that are spotted may be faulted.
The body of the dog should feature a deep, powerful chest balanced by a clean head. It should have strong sloping shoulders and a well defined body. The hindquarters should be in proportion to the front and must be muscular.
Historically, the tail of this breed was docked. This procedure is no longer legal in many countries and a dog with a full tail should not be faulted. If the tail has been docked, it should have been done just after the point where the tail would start to curl. This allows the dog enough tail to communicate through wagging and position. When walking, the tail should be carried in a happy, upright manner. It should not curl under. A perfect length for a docked tail is one that is in balance with the dog’s head and body. It should not appear either too long or too short. When the pointer goes into the classic stance, the tail should be in a perfect perpendicular line with its back. This position should be held by both docked and undocked dogs. The eyes of the German Shorthaired Pointer should be alert and bright. They should show the dog to be intelligent and good natured. The eyes should never protrude nor should they be sunk deeply into the head. The most pleasing color of eye is dark brown. Yellow or light colored eyes may be faulted. When judging the breed, a dog that is well balanced over all should be rated higher than a dog, which has exceptionally high attributes, yet faults in some areas.