German Shorthaired Pointer Dogs 101 Fun Facts & Information #dog #GSP
Friendly, smart, willing to please … The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile hunter and an all-purpose gun dog capable of high performance in the field and in the water, who also doubles as a great family companion. An active family, that is. If you’ve ever admired the versatility, athleticism, and stamina of a decathlete, you’ll admire the German Shorthaired Pointer. Hi, welcome to Animal Facts. Today, we try to keep up with the energetic and strong companion, the German Shorthaired Pointer. Let’s get started. But, before we start, take a moment to like and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts.
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German Shorthaired Pointer History
10. Surprise, they come from Germany! As the name suggest, the German Shorthaired Pointer hails from Deutschland. Although Pointer-type dogs date back to ancient Egypt, the German Shorthaired was shaped in the 19th century by German Hunters wanting the perfect hunting dog, capable of catching a wide variety of game on both land and water. He was bred to hunt a variety of animals, from small game like squirrels and rabbits to larger game like boar and deer. Since that time, the German shorthaired pointer’s reputation has expanded around the world as the ideal dog for the person wanting a versatile hunter.
9. He can do it all! And, he wants to do it all—over, and over again! He has a variety of different attributes that make him perfect for any job in and out of the water. His water-resistant coat repels debris as he swims, while his spoon-shaped webbed paws act as paddles. On land, his heavy nails help him get traction on even rough terrain, making him a versatile companion and working dog.
8. The pedigree was added to the American Kennel Club roster in March 1930 and is the 11th most popular breed thanks to its great temperament and solid work ethic. Most owners say the German Shorthaired Pointer is great with kids and other pets and responds well to training. You’ll need to keep this dog company, though, as few say it’s OK to leave this pooch on his own.
7. This is a high-energy dog that will not be content to sit around all day. A long exercise period every day and access to a good-sized yard are needed during the day. Given adequate exercise, life indoors with a German shorthaired pointer can be tranquil; without adequate exercise, it can be disastrous. He can live in an apartment, but you’re likely going to need to be an athlete yourself to meet his exercise needs. A simple walk before and after work won’t burn up his boundless energy.
German Shorthaired Pointer Temperament
6. German Shorthaired Pointers are not Golden Retrievers. He is capable of learning a great deal, but he has an independent mind of his own and is easily distracted by exciting sights, sounds, and scents. Some German Shorthairs are willful and obstinate and some can be manipulative. You must show him, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
German Shorthaired Pointer Shedding
5. He is an average shedder. The short and rough coat of the breed needs little grooming. Brushing his coat once a week and rubbing his body occasionally with a damp towel is sufficient to maintain a healthy coat. He should be bathed only when necessary and must be dried properly after each bath. His eyes and ears need to be cleaned regularly and nails should be trimmed properly to avoid any injury.
4. 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.
German Shorthaired Pointer Agility
3. They perform well in agility events. Due to the nature of the obstacles, 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. The AKC has been holding prestigious Agility tournaments since 1978, and the highest title, the Preferred Agility Champion, was instated in 2011. As of 2015, there were 8 German shorthaired pointers with this title.
2. The TSA uses the dogs, including one named Pina. As part of the official canine explosives team, she sniffs boxes and crates in New York and New Jersey for any suspicious odors. Luckily, she has yet to find any potentially dangerous scents that weren’t placed there for training.
1. He may have become famous for his hunting skills, but the German Shorthaired Pointer also makes a great pet, thanks to his lovable demeanor. Dedicated to his owners, this breed will be sociable with other animals and humans. But the best part is that the German Shorthaired Pointer loves children – in fact, he will often become more attached to the children in the house than to the adults.
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