The Mile High German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue Blog


1. Having experience as a GSP owner is a major advantage. A German
Shorthaired Pointer is not a breed for everyone. Having a GSP is not at all like
having a Golden Retriever or a Lab. Owners who have adult GSPs know they
can be a challenge many days. Puppies are a challenge every day!

2. You need another active dog for the puppy to have as a mentor and playmate. Although small breeds are delightful and great fun, they generally do not provide enough exercise for the extremely active GSP puppy. Nor does a senior dog who is no longer actively playing and running. Another dog, a mentor/buddy dog, not only provides playtime for the puppy but also helps train him or her and is there to show the puppy the ropes about acceptable dog behavior.

3. You need to be around for the puppy for at least part of the day, not just when
you come home for lunch or after being gone for a typical 8-hour work day.
An adopter needs to be available to potty train and create a bond with the
pup. Because puppies have tiny bladders they need to go outdoors as often as
every two hours. The first few months are the most important for the puppy
to bond with his or her owner which requires the two of them to spend a lot of
quality time together. Having a GSP puppy is a major time and energy commitment.

4. Every active GSP needs daily exercise and consistent training, possibly on
an e-collar. GSPs are one of the sporting breeds and they need more exercise
than you can probably imagine. Playing in the backyard and visits to a dog
park a few times a week are not enough exercise for GSPs, especially not
enough for a young dog once he or she is more than a year old. As with almost
any GSP, a 6 ft. fence is usually required especially because of their prey drive.
Exercise for puppies, however, needs to be regulated. They aren’t physically
ready for vigorous or extensive exercise until they are at least 12 months old.

5. Most GSP’s are very prey-driven and, given the opportunity and training, may
want to hunt. An adopter of a puppy needs to be prepared for that possibility.

*Potential adopters who meet these guidelines will have preference in adopting one
of the puppies coming to us in April.



Puppies Picture


  • Amanda Mosley on Jun 12, 2017 Reply Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Hello, I’m interested in adopting a GDP puppy.

  • Juli jones on Apr 26, 2017 Reply

    We are experienced GSP owners. We have owned 5 GSP’s total, including the 2 year old we currently have. We also gave 2 senior dogs. Our beloved Gus had to cross the Rd ainbiw Bridge on January 8, 17. We are looking for another dog to keep our 2 year old company. We would b very interested in a puppy. We have flexible schedules, and someone is always home during the day. If we r unavailable, grandma comes over to stay with the dogs.

    • MHGSPR on Apr 28, 2017 Reply

      Thank you Juli, we are currently going through all the applications. We appreciate your message and I am so sorry you lost your Gus. They are never with us long enough.

  • Joe Christensen on Apr 06, 2017 Reply

    Hello, My twin boys that are 8 have been wanting to adopt a puppy since our yellow lab got cancer and had to be put down. I currently have a 10 year old black lab Mastiff and we are looking to add a new member to our family.

    my phone number is 720-459-2528 i hope that we can add a new member to our family.

  • John Splittgerber on Mar 22, 2017 Reply

    We are interested in rescuing a GSP in the upcoming year. We are currently preparing our one acre yard with a fenced area, but I can’t see that being done in time for these cuties. Our long term goal is to be a foster parent to an entire GSP litter ( including the mom or bottle feeding the young ones if Mama is not available) AND we adopt one or two of the litter but foster the rest until they are adopted. How often does your rescue receive a litter of GSP’s? I was very surprised to see these babies on your site….usually most GSP rescues have older dogs. Thanks and take care,
    Sharon and John Splittgerber

    • MHGSPR on Mar 23, 2017 Reply

      That sounds great! This is the second time we have received a litter of puppies. Good luck with your GSP goals! They sound awesome! Thank you for the message. Catherine~

  • Kelli Puccio, DVM on Mar 21, 2017 Reply

    I am a Denver veterinarian. I practice part time and my husband works from home. We currently own an almost 4y old MN GSP. We purchased him from a breeder in CO Springs when he was 8 weeks old. His name is Godric. We would be interested in adopting a puppy in April.

    • MHGSPR on Mar 23, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for the message. Have you had a chance to go to the adoption page and fill out an application? Love the name Godric! We look forward to getting your application. Thanks again. Catherine~

  • Gayle witzke on Mar 21, 2017 Reply

    how do i see if I qualify to adopt I have a gap I got out of a shelter and he would love a brother or sister gsp.

    • MHGSPR on Mar 23, 2017 Reply

      If you go to the blog on this site you will see the guidelines we are looking for when we are adopting out the puppies. If you are still interested then you would go to the adoption process page then the adoption application needs to be submitted. Thank you for getting a shelter dog. :-) Catherine~

  • Rachel Carr on Mar 21, 2017 Reply

    I recently lost my 16 year old GSP after Christmas. I have an 8 year old blue heeler and cats. When I lived in Texas I volunteered with the TXGSP Rescue. I now live in Laramie, WY. I’m interested in adopting, preferably a puppy as I have cats. Looking for the right fit. I have a large, fenced in yard (6ft. Fence).

    • MHGSPR on Mar 23, 2017 Reply

      I am sorry for the loss of you GSP. WOW! 16 years old, that is an awesome long life. Have you had a chance to fill out an application? We look forward to seeing it. Thank you for the message. Catherine~

  • Shannon Brukbacher on Mar 21, 2017 Reply

    We meet all of this criteria and are interested in a female!!!!

    • MHGSPR on Mar 23, 2017 Reply

      Hi Shannon, have you had a chance to fill out an application? Thanks for the message. Catherine~

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