To the German hunters of the late 19th century, the German Shorthaired Pointer was a work of art. By combining the best elements of the old German Pointer, the old Spanish Pointer, the English Pointer and a hound or two, they had produced the all purpose hunting dog. Here was a dog that could point and retrieve birds, find and trail furred game and was adept both in the upland and in water. This fearless pointer was swift, agile and tireless in the field, and a gentle, loving protective member of its owner’s home…a true family dog. How this all came about can be debated in many homes, but nevertheless, the result was a truly great hunting and companion dog. Its medium size, intelligent yet energetic manner and versatility soon caught the attention of sportsmen throughout Europe and even in the United States. Certainly, there was more experimentation in perfecting this pointer, but the good elements were already there and the German Shorthaired Pointer remains much the same as it was in the late 1880’s.
German Shorthaired Pointers are a medium to large size dog. They range in weight from 45 to 70 lbs. It is a compact dog with a fairly broad and deep chest. Tails are usually cropped to about 2/5 of their length. GSPs have speed, agility, and good temperament to their credit and to the active home, they are well-suited to an active family’s lifestyle. Exercise is a must. GSPs need at least an hour of rigorous exercise daily. Apartment life is not the life for a GSP unless they are walked and exercised often.
If you desire an active, friendly, loyal and intelligent “family member”, the German Shorthaired Pointer is the dog for you.