German Shorthaired Pointer History
The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) is believed to be a cross between Spanish pointers and various other breeds, such as the foxhound. It was first developed by German huntsman in the 1800s as an all-around hunting dog. The GSP’s versatility allowed hunters to use it for both large and small game, including birds and waterfowl. With its keen sense of smell, courage in the field, steady disposition and good looks, the GSP quickly gained popularity with hunters throughout Europe. In 1925, it was accepted into the American Kennel Club (AKC). Today they are still used as hunting dogs but also make great family pets due to their intelligence and their affectionate personalities. They require plenty of exercise or they can become bored easily which could lead to destructive behavior.
German Shorthaired Pointer Characteristics