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The German Shorthaired Pointer was created in 1861 by a group of German hunters who desired their own national shorthaired pointing breed. They wanted an all-purpose gun dog capable of work on land and in water that would respond to any type of game, whether large or small, furred or feathered, complete with natural pointing, tracking and retrieving abilities. Early German Shorthaired Pointers were derived primarily from the old German pointer, plus other early pointer stock from Italy, France and Spain. By the late 1800s, the breed was established before being imported to the U.S. in 1925. The American Kennel Club recognized the German Shorthaired Pointer as a member of the Sporting Group in 1930.

A Noble Appearance

With a look often described as aristocratic, the German Shorthaired Pointer boasts a heritage of purposeful breeding. His conformation indicates power, endurance and agility; his look denotes intelligence and animation. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a well-balanced, symmetrical, hearty dog of medium size with lean muscle and solid boning. His short, thick coat may be solid liver or liver and white with distinctive patterns. The German Shorthaired Pointer has sloping shoulders and a short back with a well-carried, docked tail. His almond-shaped eyes and brown nose sit atop his clean-cut, stylishly chiseled head. Males stand 23 to 25 inches tall at the withers and weigh between 55 to 75 pounds; females are 21 to 23 inches tall and weigh 45 to 60 pounds.

Hunter by Day, Companion by Night

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a friendly, cheerful companion and an affectionate, agreeable family pet. He is loyal, protective and easily adaptable. Intelligent and willing to please, the German Shorthaired Pointer has a keen enthusiasm for work and excels as a hunting companion. He enjoys being near his human family, thus one should give a German Shorthaired Pointer plenty of attention and avoid leaving him alone for long periods of time. Remember this is a very active breed, so it’s crucial to run and exercise your dog daily.