Description & History

The breed was developed in the seventeenth century from the Spanish Pointer and the Hanoverian Schweisshund - a dog with tracking ability and a good nose similar to the Bloodhound. This union produced the German Pointer.

The German Pointer was created by sportsmen who wanted an all-purpose dog. It had to be capable of carrying out a number of tasks in the field, tasks which would have normally been carried out by dogs which specialised only in one aspect of field work.

The German Pointer was a broad, heavy dog cable of tracking day and night, pointing and retrieving both fur and feathers. This successful achievement continued until the nineteenth century, when breeders developed the breed still further in order to enhance its scenting ability, speed and appearance.

The English Pointer, which was bred by crossing the Spanish Pointer with the Foxhound, was used as the German Pointer thus maintained its original characteristics while adding the skills and elegance of the English Pointer. In Germany the breed is called the Deutsch Kurzhaar. Elsewhere it is universally known as the German Shorthaired Pointer.

The breed was the first of the five hunt, point and retrieve breeds from continental Europe to come to the British Isles after the Second World War. In 1951 the German Shorthaired Pointer Club was formed. The club not only helped to establish the breed in the U.K. it also aided breeding and training so that the breed was more in line with the style of shooting in the British Isles.

Today in Germany, G.S.P.s are still required to hunt, point and retrieve all varieties of game - partridge, pheasant, duck, rabbits and deer. In the British Isles they mainly hunt, point and retrieve game birds.

German Shorthaired Pointers are active, like all gundogs. It is essential, therefore, that if they are kept as family pets and not for sport, they are given adequate exercise.

Rosamund Walters.

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