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German Shorthaired Pointer

Country of OriginGermany
Type of coatShort and flat, coarse to touch
GroomingMinimal grooming should consist of brushing with a firm bristle brush and bathing only when necessary.
Average height21 - 25 inches
Average weight40 - 55 lbs.
Activity levelVery High
WatchdogVery High
IntelligenceHigh, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - High
TrainabilityLoves to learn and is very trainable. He should have some form of training.
Compatibility with childrenYes, loves to play with children but may be too exuberant with younger ones.
CharacterActive, responsive, gentle, affectionate, even-tempered
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Additional notes:

The German Shorthaired Pointer is German, has short hair, and points a lot. It is a versatile hunter, an all around gun dog capable of high performance in field and water. An excellent watchdog, it prefers to live with people and should not be left alone. If it has to be kenneled it should have a playmate. It is reliable with children and makes a good family pet. Exercise is vital for a well-balanced dog. Work on a balance beam also helps develop a well-balanced dog.

Short History:

It was known as early as the 17th century where it was bred as a hunting dog. It is said that the German Pointer was produced by crossing the Spanish Pointer with the Bloodhound. In 1872 it was registered in the German Kennel Club. It didn't arrive in the United States until 1925 when Dr. Charles Thornton of Montana set up a kennel of the breed. In the United States and Great Britain it is more popular than its cousin the German Wirehaired Pointer.

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