Adopting A German Short haired Pointer

History and origin: First established in 18th and 19th century Germany, the German Short haired Pointer is of Spanish origin and was developed by crossing the Pointer with German foxhound types.  He has a greater scenting ability than the Pointer, is less averse to water, has greater stamina, and is thus a more versatile hunting dog.

Description: The German Short haired Pointer stands 21 to 25 inches at the shoulder, and weighs between 45 and 70 pounds.  The shedding coat is short and easy to maintain, requiring only regular brushing.  The color is liver with small white markings.

About the breed: This is a gentle, obedient breed who makes a wonderful household pet, a great watchdog, and an excellent gundog.  Similar to all hunting dogs, this breed is extremely active, perhaps even more so than the Pointer.  He will be more distractable as well, due to his superior scent ability. German Short haired Pointers are stubborn much to the dismay of the unsuspecting owner looking for an easygoing house pet.  This dog is designed to do a specific task, namely to hunt.  Any owner who does not give this breed regular tasks such as hunting or tracking may soon be living with a dog that is vocal, destructive, neurotic, and hyperactive.  German Short haired Pointers get along well with children and other dogs. They also tend to accept strangers after an initial introductory period.

Feeding:  Recommended feeding for the German Short haired Pointer is 1 ½ — 2 ½ cans (13.3oz) of high-quality meaty product with biscuit added in equal parts or 5 cupfuls of a complete, dry dog food.

Ideal home: The German Short haired Pointer is not a breed that will just sit around all day.  This dog needs structured activity, the kind that a hunter would provide.   A house with a fenced yard is mandatory for this dog.  His level of activity is intense and can be stressful to easygoing persons.  Patience and firm leadership are essential, as is early obedience training, especially the “Come” command, which may be difficult to teach because of this breed’s scenting ability.  Without a job to do, he will drive you up the wall.  Joggers do well with this breed.  The elderly or disabled may have trouble controlling this active dog.