The German Shorthair Toller: A Complete Guide

Anyone who knows enough about dogs will know that the Germans seem to have the secret to breeding some of the best working dogs in the world.

There is a reason for German Shepherds being some of the most common police and military dogs, and many people wrongly assume that it has to do with their aggression.

The popularity of German dogs in working, hunting, and other similar domains does not come from their aggression, but rather their drive to work, their intelligence, and will to listen.

It also helps that Germany has a long history of dog breeding and training, and the German Shorthair Toller is no exception to that heritage.

In today’s guide, I’ll be giving you all of the info that you could want about this dog breed, and much more.

By the end of this article, you’ll be an expert on the German Shorthair Toller, and you might even find that it is the ideal dog for you or your family.

Let’s start at the beginning, with German Shorthair Toller puppies.

German Shorthair Toller Puppies – Before You Buy…

German Shorthair Toller is one of the healthiest breeds.

Though I have already extolled many of the virtues of the German Shorthair Toller and its cousins, you will still have to take care before you purchase your dog to ensure that you know what you need to.

Things like the price, where to find a breeder, and some facts are what I’ll be covering in this section.

What Price are German Shorthair Toller Puppies?

Before you learn anything more about the German Shorthair Toller, you should know how much you can expect to pay for one of them, so you don’t end up disappointed if it is out of your price range.

It would be a shame to waste your time learning about a dog that you can’t justify purchasing.

This breed is a cross between the German Shorthaired Pointer, which is somewhat affordable at an average cost of 500 dollars.

The other parent breed is the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever which is a rather pricey breed, costing around 2000 dollars. Most German Shorthair Tollers will be about 1000 to 2000 dollars.

Where to Find Reputable German Shorthair Toller Breeders?

Of course, the price of this breed will only matter if you can find a breeder in the first place, as these German-Canadian dogs are relatively rare in the USA.

If you do find a breeder, you will want to be able to ensure that your conscience is clean when you buy a puppy from them.

There are far too many puppy mills in operation all around the world, and many people don’t want to realize just how widespread they are.

The best way to avoid puppy mills is to visit the home of your breeder and get an idea of the conditions in which the puppies are raised.

A breeder denying your request for a visit is often a red flag.

3 Little-Known Facts About German Shorthair Toller Puppies

  1.  Both parent breeds of the German Shorthair Toller have well-honed hunting instincts, making for a dog that is ready to track down nearly any prey. While this has little use for a domestic dog, you will find that this breed is still as alert as you would expect from a canine with such a pedigree.
  2. While the German Shorthair Toller grows into a relatively large dog, the puppies are full of more energy than you would expect. Since both parents are highly active, this dog breed won’t lose much of its playfulness as it grows older, primarily due to the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever parent’s tendencies.
  3. Keep in mind that this breed is a descendant of the German Shorthaired Pointer, but the name is spelled “Shorthair” to reduce confusion between the German Shorthair Toller and other German Shorthaired Pointer mixes.

Physical Traits of the German Shorthair Toller

The German Shorthair Toller is a much smaller dog than the German Shorthaired Pointer.

The German Shorthair Toller is reminiscent of a German Shorthaired Pointer that has been shrunk, largely due to the similar colors present in the two parent breeds.

White with darker spots are both common coats for both parent breeds of the German Shorthair Toller, so the mix makes for a dog that resembles both of them.

Of course, the single most noticeable difference between this breed and the German Shorthaired Pointer is that the German Shorthair Toller is a much smaller dog.

In fact, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the smallest dog in the Retriever family, and it certainly shows when mixed with the German Shorthaired Pointer.

As with most Pointer mixes, this dog breed has relatively thick fur, but the retriever genes tend to diminish the short and rich coat that most German hunting dogs are famous for.

In fact, this breed can often feature some tufts of fur around the ears and even on the body if the retriever genes are strong enough.

How Big is a Full-Grown German Shorthair Toller?

As I have already mentioned, the German Shorthair Toller’s most noticeable quality is its size since most people are not used to seeing Pointers that are as small as this breed.

Since many German Shorthair Tollers tend to resemble their Pointer parents strongly, they are known to cause confusion at a glance.

Most German Shorthair Tollers have more variation in terms of height than they do when it comes to weight, which is somewhat unusual for a mixed breed.

Most of these dogs will weigh 35 to 45 pounds, but their height range will vary from 13 to 17 inches, which is quite a large variety for a dog.

What is the German Shorthair Toller’s Life Expectancy?

Knowing the approximate lifespan of a dog breed can help you decide whether or not it is the right one for you, especially if you take the loss of a pet harder than most owners.

Of course, most dogs will live for a similar period of time, but there are some dogs with exceptionally long or short life expectancies.

The German Shorthair Toller has a lifespan that is neither long or short; instead, it is right in the middle of the average for most dogs.

You can expect a dog of this breed to live for 12 to 14 years, with 13 years being the average for the German Shorthair Toller’s life expectancy.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the German Shorthair Toller

The German Shorthair Tollers tend to strongly resemble their Pointer parents.

The German Shorthair Toller takes after its Pointer parent in that it is a highly intelligent breed that has a will to work that is nearly unmatched.

Seeing as both of this breed’s parents are dogs that are used in different kinds of hunting, you can expect them to be much more attentive than other breeds.

Though this breed is too small to make for an effective guard dog, they will certainly let you know if anything is amiss, and they can be rather loud.

Even though these dogs will bark to alert you when there is an intruder, they are not necessarily vocal under normal circumstances, saving their barks for when they are needed.

If you have a family, the German Shorthair Toller will be an excellent choice of dog because they tend to get along well with nearly anyone, including children.

The small size of this breed will make them a better option than other Pointer hybrids, which can often weigh up to 80 pounds.

The German Shorthair Toller’s Diet

Having an idea of how much you can expect to spend on your pet’s food is something that is crucial when you are considering the economic aspects of owning a dog.

The German Shorthair Toller is one of those breeds where the size will mislead you when it comes to how much they eat.

While this dog is relatively small, it can eat up to three cups of food per day, which is what you may expect from a full-sized Pointer, but this breed has also inherited its appetite.

Of course, when coupled with the small size of this breed, a more substantial diet can often be the cause of obesity.

How Much Exercise Does the German Shorthair Toller Need?

If you would like to avoid your German Shorthair Toller potentially becoming obese or bloated, you will have to make sure that they get as much exercise as possible.

This breed needs around 90 minutes of exercise per day to ensure that they do not grow restless or fat.

German Shorthair Toller Health and Conditions

As I have already mentioned, the most significant concern that you will face with this breed is obesity due to their massive appetite and their small frame.

Aside from eating problems, these dogs are relatively healthy. Let’s take a look at some of the conditions that the German Shorthair Toller can suffer from.

Serious Issues:

Minor Issues:

  • Eye problems

My Final Thoughts on the German Shorthair Toller

If you like the look and behavior of a traditional German hunting dog like the German Shorthaired

Pointer, but you aren’t as much of a fan of their size, the German Shorthair Toller is an excellent choice.

Good luck finding your new dog, and I hope that this article has been able to guide you.

 

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OVERALL SUMMARY

7.5
Cost to Buy
7.5
Cuteness Level
8.5
Family Safety
8.5
Friendliness
8.5
Health Concerns
7
Life Span
4
Exercise Required
5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 7.1 / 10

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