Notes on the German Short Haired
The GSP was developed in the
19th century in Germany as a hunting dog. It is a powerful and streamlined
dog, able to move and turn quickly. Generally brown eyes, darker
more desirable.When the GSP is in classic point stance, the tail
should be held straight out from the body forming a line with the
pointing head and body. Like all German pointers, GSP have webbed
The colouring of
the GSP provides camouflage in the winter seasons. When standing
next to dead trees and in broken snow, the white and dark brown
coat makes the dog difficult to see. Referred to in English as "liver"
(incorrectly as "chocolate" or "chestnut"),
Commonly the head is a solid or nearly solid color and the body
is speckled or "ticked" with liver and white, sometimes
with large patches of solid color called "saddles". Roan
coats are also common, with or without patching. Solid liver and
solid black coats also occur, often with a small blaze of ticking
or white on the chest.
The GSP is intelligent, bold,
and characteristically affectionate. The GSP's distinctly independent
character and superior intelligence teamed with, cooperation make
him easily trained. The GSP can perform virtually all gundog roles.
It is pointer and retriever, an upland bird dog and water dog. This
pointer can be used for hunting larger and more dangerous game,
and in addition has a scent hound's talented nose.An excellent swimmer
but also works well in rough terrain. Tenacious, tireless, hardy,
and reliable. it is a superb all-around field dog that remains popular
with hunters of many nationalities.