Other Names: German Pointer (Shorthaired), Deutscher, Kurzhaariger Vortsehund, Kurzhaar Country of Origin: Germany Lifespan: 12-14 Years Male Height: 23-25 Inches Male Weight: 55-70 Pounds Female Height: 21-23 Inches Female Weight: 45-60 Pounds
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The German Shorthaired Pointer is a gentle, affectionate, and even-tempered dog. This is a highly trainable breed, and is in fact one of the most versatile of all of the hunting dogs. This breed needs plenty of off-leash exercise on a daily basis. He does best when integrated into the family household, with access to the yard.They generally love the water.
The German Shorthaired Pointer originates from the Spanish pointer, where it was introduced in Germany in the 1600's by Flemish hunters. He was likely bred with the Bloodhound and the English Pointer to achieve his versatility. In the early 1800's two Deutsch Kurzhaars, as the dog was originally known, named Nero and Treff stood out at the German Derby. Due to successful breeding, these two dogs are credited as laying the foundation of the modern-day German Shorthaired Pointer. In 1872, the breed was registered with the German Kennel Club. The German Shorthaired Pointer was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930, and the British Kennel Club in 1951.
The German Wirehaired Pointer was much more popular as a hunting dog in Germany, but in North America and Britian the German Shorthaired Pointer gained much more popularity. It is important to note that the Wirehaired and the Shorthaired Pointers are two distinct dog breeds and not simply a long andshort haired version of the same breed. The German Shorthaired Pointer is the most versatile of all of the hunting dogs. He is capable of being a hunting-dog, a pointer, a game-killing dog, a search and rescue dog, and even a guard dog. He gained a reputation as being the ideal dog for a hunter who wanted to own only one all around dog.
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