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German Shorthaired Pointer Dog BreedThe German Shorthaired Pointer is probably the most skilled hunter of all dog breeds. It is versatile and has the ability to trail, retrieve, point, and even kill game if necessary. These attributes are the result of specific blending of breeds during the 17th century.
The first mixes produced a large hound-like dog from combining the Spanish Pointer with the Hannover Hound. The dogs that came from this mixture had the natural ability to trail and point at the same time. They also showed a heavy interest in birds and various mammals. When trailing, the dogs would bay and dispatch wounded prey (and fox).
Early breeders all had one thing in common: they wanted to create a Pointer that could be an “all purpose hunter”. However, not everyone agreed on the best way to do it. Many crosses were made with the English Pointer, although controversial, but it did bestow upon a breed with very stylish physical characteristics which also hunted nose-up.
One of the downsides to this mix was that the dogs had a dislike of water and avoided attacking quarry. In time, however, further breeding of the dogs help eliminate these unwanted characteristics of the Pointer.
Sometime during the early 1800's, at the German Derby, there were two specific Deutsch Kurzhaars (the name that the Pointer was originally called) that had distinguished themselves from all of the other pointing breeds. Their names were Treff and Nero. These two Pointers are said to be the parents of today's German Shorthaired Pointer. Their descendants helped get the breed recognized in Germany in the late 1800s.
The first German Shorthaired
Pointers started to show up in the United States sometime in the 1920s.
The breed gained recognition by the AKC in 1930. Soon enough, the dog's
reputation as being the ideal hunting dog grew in popularity. Due to
its hunting skills, combined with its aesthetic look, this dog has
become quite popular.
Taking Care Of Your German
Shorthaired Pointer: As you can probably guess, upkeep and maintenance
of the German Shorthaired Pointer requires lots of exercise on a daily
basis. This dog thrives on mental stimulation is much as it does
physical exertion. You can achieve these things by taking your Pointer
hunting, running, hiking; anything that gets the animal to play
outdoors with its owner. This is one dog that is not suited for small
apartment living. The ideal situation would be access to a fenced-in
yard at all times.
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