German Shorthaired Pointer is versatile sporting dog breed that hunts many types of game, retrieves on land or from water, and is an affectionate companion.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about German Shorthaired Pointer.
1) Bred to Hunt
No one knows who specifically spearheaded the breeding of the GSP, but we know a dedicated group of German hunters were behind efforts to shape the breed in the mid-19th century. At the time, hunters were in search of the perfect hunting dog, capable of catching game on both land and water. GSPs were bred to hunt a variety of animals, from small game like squirrels and opossum, to larger game like boar and deer.
German Shorthair Pointer is very good watchdog. It loudly barks when it detects unknown people at the door. Despite loud barking, German Shorthair Pointer is not aggressive by nature.
Agility is a popular canine competition in which well-trained dogs are led through an obstacle course. Due to the nature of the obstacles (which include tunnels and jumps), the events require a strong bond between dogs and their handlers, as well as natural motivation and conditioning. The German shorthaired pointer’s speed, grace, and willingness to learn make them an ideal breed for the sport.
4) Slow to Mature
This breed is relatively slow to mature. It’s not until they reach two years of age that most GSPs are mentally adult. It’s important to be prepared for at least one year of a strong and muscular fully-grown dog with the brain of a teenager.
5) Working Dog
German shorthaired pointers have also been used to guard homes, pull sleds, and sniff for bombs. They have a variety of different attributes that make them perfect for any job in and out of the water. Their water-resistant coats repel debris as they swim, while their spoon-shaped webbed paws act as paddles. On land, their heavy nails help them get traction on even rough terrain.
GSPs need to be physically active. Their hunting heritage means they have a high activity level and need appropriate outlets for their energy, including daily exercise. If you don’t hunt with your GSP, be sure to give him other ways to tire himself out, such as going for a run or playing in a fenced area.
7) They Love Water
The German Shorthaired Pointer has webbed feet, which aid both in the water and on muddy terrain. It also has a water repellant coat, which is a big advantage in the water and out of the water, when it needs to dry off quickly.
Pointers, as the name suggests, naturally use their bodies to point when they find game. They lower their heads, keep a steady gaze, and lift one of their front paws—taking the shape of an arrow directing hunters to the prey. This pointing behavior is so innate, even puppies that have never been on a hunt will sometimes do it.
According to the American Kennel Club, the GSP comes in eight different colors, including white, liver, and black. If you’re unsure what color your dog is, just take a look at its nose. Liver colored dogs have liver noses; black colored dogs have black noses.
10) Family Pet
German Shorthair Pointer is affectionate and playful breed, suitable for families with older children and other dogs (cats, rabbits and other small animals can easily trigger its hunting instinct).