The earliest recordings of the Deutsch Kurzhaar, or the translation in English is German Shorthaired Pointer or referred to as the GSP, go back to the seventeenth century – although the the GSP today has been created as a multipurpose hunting dog, developed for these purposes at the end of the nineteenth century.The German Shorthaired Pointer contains a mix of Spanish Pointer, Bloodhound and English Pointer, resulting in a large hound-like gun dog with a great nose. When the Germans finally introduced the fine English Pointers to lend elegance to the German Shorthaired Pointer prototype, the result was a magnificent utility hunting dog that combined sporting virtue with clean lines, good looks, sound temperament and longevity. The German Shorthaired Pointer was first admitted to the AKC Stud Book in 1930, with the first specialty and field trial sponsored by the parent club held in the same year, 1941. The GSP is proficient with many different types of game and sport, including trailing, retrieving, and pointing pheasant, quail, grouse, waterfowl, coons, possum, and even deer. In addition to hunting, the German Shorthaired Pointer has been used in Scandinavia as a sled dog for the popular sport of Dogsled racing. They aren’t recommended for people who live in apartments, unless you are active, as they need space to roam and ideally need access to outside space, preferably an enclosed yard with a high enough fence to stop them from being able to scramble over. German Shorthaired Pointers are suited to people who lead an active lifestyle (such as people who hunt, hike or spend time in the outdoors). German Shorthaired Pointers have a natural hunting ability and love to please. They are a very dedicated hunting dogs.
Trainability & Hunting Style
German Shorthaired Pointers are a very versatile hunting dog breed, and will hunt a lot of different types of game, both feathered and furred – and will even track deer. They will retrieve either on land or from water, and are strong swimmers. German Shorthaired Pointers hunt out in front of the hunter in a zig zag type of formation covering ground. The GSP will come to a solid point when they catch scent of a bird. They will hold that bird until you get there and they will expect you to knock it down so that they can retrieve it to you. German Shorthaired Pointers work well with people and other dogs, but can be very independent thinkers due to the fact that they have been specifically bred for hunting (which often requires them to work away from their master). It is recommended that they be trained using positive reinforcements including treats (food) as well as praise and affection. A kind and consistent attitude is best to get optimum results from a German Shorthaired Pointer – as well as keeping training engaging and interesting so as to avoid boredom.