Kurzhaar - German shorthaired pointer

Versatile, highly intelligent, and possessing a steady temperament, the German Shorthaired Pointer makes an excellent family dog. They are natural athletes who love doing things with an active owner or family. They’re also loyal and affectionate dogs.

History

The exact origin of the German Shorthaired Pointer is unclear but they are probably descended from the old Spanish Pointer which formed the basis for many sporting breeds, along with the German Bird Dog, the English Foxhound, English Pointers, and local German tracking dogs. The result was a versatile utility dog, capable of hunting many different kinds of game. The breed is good at trailing, retrieving, and pointing pheasant, quail, grouse, waterfowl, raccoons, possum, and even deer and other large game. They were first admitted to the AKC in 1930.

Temperament

German Shorthaired Pointers are even-tempered, affectionate, and loyal. They are friendly and willing to please. They are also highly intelligent and energetic dogs. They need regular daily exercise and do best if they have room to run. These dogs are natural athletes and they enjoy having things to do. A dog that is cooped up indoors all day will need an outlet for his energy or he will develop behavior problems and become destructive in the home. This breed typically gets along well with other dogs and pets and they are good with children. They are often recommended as a good breed for families, especially for people who have a good fenced yard.

Appearance

The GSP is a medium-large dog with an aristocratic bearing that comes in liver or liver and white. They often have liver ticking over their bodies and solid liver markings on their face and ears, or liver patches on their bodies. They can also be liver roan (a mingling of liver and white hairs). As the name implies, they have a short coat that is hard and smooth. Their coat is easy to care for and requires minimal grooming. German Shorthaired Pointers do shed seasonally and then it’s necessary to keep them brushed to cut down on the shedding. The paws are webbed. Dogs typically weigh 55 to 70 pounds and stand 23 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder; females are slightly smaller. In the U.S. the tail is docked. These elegant dogs have clean lines, good looks, and a sound temperament.

Health

The GSP is considered to be a generally healthy breed. Like most larger dogs, they can be subject to hip dysplasia. Genetic eye diseases are known in the breed, as well as epilepsy. Skin problems can occur and cancer can appear, especially in the mouth. Before buying any puppy or dog you should always talk to the breeder about health issues in the breed and inquire about what health tests the puppy/dog and his parents have had done.

Training

German Shorthaired Pointers are exceptionally bright dogs and they are usually easy to train. They are also very active dogs. Smart, active dogs need something to do or they will find ways to entertain themselves that usually involve escaping from your yard or destroying your house. GSPs have a very strong urge to hunt. Left to their own devices, they can get out of your yard and go hunting on their own. They might return with your neighbor’s cat or start bringing you back other small critters that you don’t want. For these reasons, it’s absolutely essential that you provide training for your German Shorthaired Pointer (puppy kindergarten, obedience training). In addition to training, it’s also recommended that you provide regular activities that will keep him happy and tired. Whether it’s playing with you and your children until he falls asleep or getting involved in some dog sports or hunting or just taking him for regular runs several times per week, this dog needs something to keep him happy and busy.