Meet the Breed: The German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer is an athletic, agile, beautifully built dog with a short, dense coat. This coat can be solid liver but is often liver colored with patterns of white ticking over the body. Sometimes the coat is largely white on the body with liver ticking. Generally the head is liver. The feet are webbed.
The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) was developed in Germany crossing various scent hounds, the German Bird Dog, and eventually introduced the English Pointers into the breed to create an elegant and highly-skilled versatile hunting dog. The GSP also made a good family dog and watchdog. The breed was accepted into the AKC in 1930.
The GSP is one of the most energetic hunting dogs. They are highly intelligent and eager to please their owners. If this dog's exercise needs are not met, they can become destructive and high strung. Not recommended for apartment life and needs a 6-foot fence with a large yard to contain this inquisitive bundle of energy.
Breed Club Links: German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America
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Photo courtesy of Geraint Morgan.