Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 25-31.5, Female: 20.5-27
Height: Male: 23-25, Female: 21-23
Origin of Name: The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium to large sized breed of pointing dog for hunting.
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German hunters spent generations crossing various breeds until they completed this versatile bird dog in the 1800s. They were so successful that, to date, GSPs are among the top-winning breeds in competitive hunting events. The German bird-dog tradition dates back to at least the 1700s, with master breeders experimenting with hound-pointing dog crossings in the search for a quick but powerful predator's nose and versatility. It is no surprise to learn that one of the key players in the early development of the great development of this breed was a nobleman himself, Prince Albrecht zu Solms-Braunfels.
The prince and his fellow enthusiasts succeeded in creating a do-it-all haunting dog, beyond their imagined imagination. Here, the historian of a breed rests on the credibility of GSP: “a stinging bird; A deep night trailer; A proven duck dog; A natural retriever on land or water, with pleasing deformation and great powers of markings and endurance; And an intelligent family watchdog and companion. ""
GSPs have been hunted with success at a variety of mines: gamebirds, ocum, rabbits, raccoons, and even deer. With its web legs and sleek but strong construction, GSP burns its résumé as one of the dog's best swimmers. The symbol of the breed's keen versatility was Marvin GSP of North Carolina, who achieved his 75th AKC title in late 2013.