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Adopting a GSP

Owning a companion dog is a serious commitment. GSPs can, and often do, live to be 13-16 years old.  You will need to be able to offer ample time and training. Fully investigate the breed in which you are interested, and decide whether or not that breed is the right choice. This is in the best interest of both the adopter and the dog.

Shorthairs are sporting dogs. As such, they have a high energy level and require daily exercise. Many rescued dogs are given up by their original owners because those owners were unprepared or unable to cope with the activity. Obedience training is essential.

Shorthairs are medium-large in size, athletic dogs and can be disruptive if their exuberant energy is not channeled into structured exercise and training.

Rescued Shorthairs are typically very versatile and can be good hunting companions, obedience competitors, agility participants or jogging companions. They have also been used as hearing-ear dogs, search and rescue dogs, service dogs for the handicapped and therapy dogs. Your GSP Rescue volunteer can help you evaluate the temperament and potential of your dog and will advise you regarding training.

More notes about GSP rescue dogs:

  • GSPs are large, active dogs who make great companions for active families. They love to be with you, doing whatever you are doing and then coming home to curl up with you after an active day.
  • Many GSPs are “cat sharp”, meaning they have too much prey drive to get along with cats, but some rescuers have cats and find that some GSPs can be companions to cats if the cats are accustomed to dogs.
  • Though some of these dogs may hunt, we do not place them primarily as hunting dogs. This is mainly due to the fact that we rarely have enough background information on them to determine their flight risk in an open hunting situation.