The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) was developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting, and is a medium to large size dog. The German Shorthaired Pointer’s precise foundation is uncertain. It may be likely that this breed is descended from a breed called the German Bird Dog (which is related to the Old Spanish Pointer, introduced to Germany in the 17th century). It may also be likely that various German tracking and hound dogs in combination with the English Pointer, and the Arkwright Pointer have contributed to the development of the breed. Because the first studbook was not created until 1870, we are unable to identify all of the dogs that contributed to the creation of this breed.
The breed is efficient yet powerful with strong thighs which make it able to shift rapidly and turn easily and quickly. It’s moderately long floppy ears set at the top of the head. Its muzzle is strong, broad and long enabling it to fetch heavy game. This breeds profile should be very roman nosed and straight; if there is any dished appearance to its profile it is incorrect. The eyes are normally brown, however darker eyes are desired. If it has yellow or “bird of prey eyes”, this is a fault. Though that is currently forbidden in some nations, the end of the tail is often docked. The docked tail shouldn’t be too long or too-short but rather must balance the appearance of the top and body. The tail of the GSP is carried at a jaunty angle and should not curl under. When the GSP is in its classic point stance, the tail is straight out from the body which will form a line with the head and pointing body. Like all pointers, GSP have webbed feet, they are well known for retrieving water fowl in the water.
The proper temperament of this breed is that of an intelligent, bold, boisterous, eccentric and affectionate dog that is obedient and easily trained. This is because the dog was developed to be a dog suited to both family life and that of a hunter. The GSP is generally great with children, as the type can be energetic especially when young, care should be taken. These pets enjoy interaction with humans and are well suited for active families that will give then an outlet to burn of their considerable amount of energy. This dog must be avidly run numerous times a week. This breed also makes excellent watchdogs. They normally get along well with other dogs, however the females of the breed appears to be much more dominant when it comes to interbreed interaction.
This breed is relatively healthy however, it can be subject to a number of hereditary disorders such as, hip dysplasia, genetic eye diseases, epilepsy, skin disorders, cancerous lesions in the mouth, and gastric torsion (bloat). This breed has a median lifespan of 9 years (Danish survey) and 12 years (UK Survery).