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Breed: German Short-haired Pointer:

  • The German Short-haired Pointer is a good all-purpose hunting dog.
  • It works well in open fields, marshes, woods, and mountains.
  • It may not be as fast as other hunting dogs, but it has a lot of spirit and energy, stamina, and cold-weather tolerance.
  • In the 17th century, these dogs were prized by German nobility and by poachers (the latter for the dogs' night-time hunting skills).
  • In the 19th century, English pointer blood was added to the breed, making the dogs lighter, more flexible, and more elegant.
  • The first German Short-haired Pointer was registered by the German Kennel Club in 1872.
  • In Germany, the breed is known as Kurzhaar (Shorthair).
  • The German Short-haired Pointer has a short, flat, coarse coat.
  • The coat colors can be solid liver, liver and white, liver- and white- spotted and ticked, liver roan, and black and white.
  • The males stand between 23 and 25 inches high at the withers and weigh 55 to 70 pounds.
  • The females stand between 21 and 23 inches, and weigh 45 to 60 pounds.
  • German Short-haired Pointers have long, strong muzzles with solid brown noses, medium sized, dark brown eyes, and high set ears that are broad at the base and rounded at the tip.

German Short-haired Pointer

Source: The Reader's Digest Illustrated Book of Dogs, 2nd ed., The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville, New York, 1993, pp. 156-157.