German Short-haired Pointer
“When the right to hunt game was no longer restricted to nobility, the average German sportsman wanted an all-purpose dog, a companion that could hunt fur or feather on land or over water. The development of the German Short-haired Pointer began between 1870 and 1880. The breed was based primarily on dogs of Spanish Pointer origin crossed with various breeds to get the desired working ability. The blood of the English Pointer was introduced to add dash and superior scenting ability. Known as the ‘Kurzhaar’ in his country of origin, the GSP was first introduced to North America in the mid-1920s. It didn’t take long for the handsome breed to become established here as a popular sporting dog and family pet.
Friendly, intelligent and eager to please, the GSP is a dog of stable temperament and keen enthusiasm.
The GSP is a dog that combines power, endurance, agility and animation. He is sturdy, hardy and active. The breed adapts well to family life in a suburban or country setting but needs lot of exercise to use up some of his abundant energy.
Males will measure from 23-25 in (58-64 cm) and weigh 55-75 lb (25-34 kg). Females will be about 2 in (5 cm) and 10 lb (4.5 kg) less.
The coat is short, thick and feels tough and hard to the hand. It’s somewhat longer on the underside of the tail and back of the haunches.
The coat may be solid liver, liver and white spotted, liver and white ticked or liver roan.
A good rubdown with a hound mitt will take care of the coat for the most part. However, it’s a good idea to examine the ears regularly and clean as needed.