Do GSP Puppies Change Color?

Do you have a GSP puppy and wonder about its color? Yes they do, let’s take a look at how and why that happens as well as what you can expect! Maybe you’re noticing the changes in colors, or you’re wondering how much that will change. Don’t worry, we’re here to answer your questions about the colors of German short-haired pointers.

Changes in the color of the German Shorthaired Pointer

German short-haired pointers are born white and have liver spots. As they mature, the white mantle is filled with various rhubarb. Different spots will appear in the litter at the age of about 5 weeks. Most dogs will darken over time. At the age of 8 weeks, you should have a good idea of what color your GSP puppy will be and over time your lentils will darken.

Can German Shorthaired Pointers Be Black?

German short-haired pointers bear recessive genes that result in different colors of white and liver. Dogs containing some form of black are rarely recognized by breeding organizations like AKC as GSP. It is possible to encounter a black German shorthaired pointer, but the dog will not be identified as a member of the breed because it was most likely bred with another kind of dog that bears the black gene.

When Do GSP’s Pointers Get Their Spots?

German shorthaired pointer puppies often show signs of spotting for the first five weeks after giving birth. GSP tends to change over time, growing even more as you age. You can start with a white dog and an almost clean liver and end with a roan eight years later.

German short-term indicators in other colors

If a German shorthaired pointer was interbred with a real black dog, you would definitely get a black puppy. If these puppies were bred with the German Shorthaired Pointers until they actually breed with the actual breed, you would be able to successfully insert the black gene into the breed.

The facts of the breed means that no matter how young, the puppies will have the right color, shape and temperament according to the breed standard German Shorthaired Pointer.

German shorthaired pointer Colors: Where Did They Come From?

The German shorthaired pointers are considered to be liver-colored and white in color, with liver-colored leg joints and a liver-colored nose. The dog would have only one of the four available gene combinations on the B locus genotype to achieve this color.

The two genes that decide whether a dog is black or liver are known as B or b, with B being the primary gene for black. The recessive gene for brown or chocolate German shorthaired pointers is b.

Each gene must be paired with another gene; therefore, to get a liver dog, you must have each b-gene from both the father and the mother. The dog would be born with a bb genetic make-up on the B locus, resulting in the liver color mostly on the footpads and nose. There are also other genes that influence coat color. That’s where white originates from.

There are four different kinds of combinations that can affect the B locus and therefore the color of a dog’s hair. These combinations are BB, which ensures that this dog is black and that the descendants of such a dog would be black irrespective of the phenotype of the other owners.

Then there’s Bb, that has a 50% probability of producing offspring that are either black or brown, based on the other parents’ B combinations and which gene is inherited. Finally, bb often results in a liver-colored breed, unless the parent bears the B-gene for black.

This obviously means that you will get a true liver dog if you crossbreed a true liver dog with another true liver dog, one with a liver nose and feet. Since both parents bear the bb gene pair, you are sure to get a liver-colored puppy any time

What Should I Expect From My German Shorthaired Pointer?

Choosing a new dog member is unique in the fact that you are choosing the next family member. Aside from marriage, this is the only time you get to “pick” a new family member. Because of this, its important to pick the right one! Let’s look at what you can expect from having a GSP Puppy in your family.

General Mood

The German shorthaired pointer is quiet, friendly and has no aggression at the moment. Although he can act as a watchdog. It is important to provide the dog with enough physical activity in order to retain mental sharpness.

Puppies of German Shorthaired Pointers are friendly and intelligent. They want to be pleased, which facilitates training. If you like peace and quiet, this breed is not for you. They are brave, tumultuous and protect their families. You can expect minimal control when it comes to this breed.

Home, Daily Life and Family

These dogs are perfectly capable of living in an apartment in the city. They love their friends, they love their home and family. But it will be dedicated to just one owner. They are never aggressive toward children and will make good friends with them. However, do not let the German short-haired pointer be left alone with young children. It is energetic and can inadvertently knock over children. Older kids can become the perfect playmates.

Loneliness is a painful thing for them. And they suffer from being separated from their owners. They are wonderful friends. And if you use the SPG properly, you can drive it to the office), that won’t bother you. But be willing to spend more time with you.

They love to drive by car wherever you go, so you can travel with your family with your family. But always remember that your curiosity and active behavior can be harmful along the way. So take all the resources and provide all the necessary car safety accessories for your vehicle.


We are confident that the GSP will only provide benefits! The natural hunting qualities, combined with excellent defensive skills and true company loyalty, make this short-range German pointer a charming pet. Bring a smart and kind dog to your home-and your life will change forever!


An Owner and a huge fan of GSP's! I have owned my GSP for 7 years now and learned so many things along the way to share with you all about German Shorthaired Pointers!

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