Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spotlight on German Shorthaired Pointers

Howling Hill is lucky to have boarding guests of many different breeds and mixed breeds!  It truly is a huge benefit to running the kennel.  Meeting and getting familiar with lots of unique breeds, thinking about the typical characteristics and appearances and comparing it with what we learn about each visitor first hand!

Today let's learn a little about a beautiful, velvety breed that I have had the pleasure of hosting a whole bunch of times!  The German Shorthaired Pointer.  The pictures show our sweet guests Flint a male GSP, and Mya and Gigi both female GSPs.  These pups are keepers here at the kennel being able to play with other visitors of any temperament and size.


Here is some of the info that Wikipedia has to share about GSPs.

The German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) is a medium to large sized breed of dog developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting, and is a member of the Sporting Group. The precise origin of the German Shorthaired Pointer is unclear. According to the American Kennel Club,[3] it is likely that the GSP is descended from a breed known as the German Bird Dog, which itself is related to the old Spanish pointer introduced to Germany in the 17th century. It is also likely that various German hound and tracking dogs, as well as the English Pointer and the Arkwright Pointer also contributed to the development of the breed. However, as the first studbook was not created until 1870, it is impossible to identify all of the dogs that went into creating this breed. The breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930.

 The colouring of the GSP provides camouflage in the winter seasons.  The color can be a dark brown, correctly referred to in English as "liver", black (although any area of black is cause for disqualification in American Kennel Club sanctioned shows), or either liver and white or black and white.  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".  It has moderately long floppy ears set high on the head. The eyes are generally brown.  The tail is commonly docked.  Like all German pointers, GSP have webbed feet. They are known for going after water fowl in the water.
Since the German Shorthaired Pointer was developed to be a dog suited to family life as well as a versatile hunter, the correct temperament is that of an intelligent, bold, boisterous, eccentric, and characteristically affectionate dog that is cooperative and easily trained. Shyness, fearfulness, over submissiveness, aloofness, or aggression (especially toward humans) are all less common traits. The GSP is usually good with children, although care should be taken because the breed can be boisterous especially when young. These dogs love interaction with humans and are suitable pets for active families who will give them an outlet for their considerable energy.  Most German shorthaired pointers make excellent watchdogs. The breed generally gets along well with other dogs. A strong hunting instinct is correct for the breed, which is not always good for other small pets such as cats or rabbits. With training, however, the family dog should be able to discern what is prey and what is not, and they can live quite amicably with other family pets. 

The GSP is intelligent and bred for a certain amount of independence (e. g., when a dog is working out of sight or sound of its handler in the field). Along with its superb hunting ability and companionable personality, the intelligence and the obedience of the GSP make it one of the more popular large breeds.

I loved learning about this beautiful and endearing breed.  I am not sure I had ever even met one until we moved to New Gloucester!  Our neighbors had a few, and they also raised one precious litter of puppies yrs. ago.  And now I seem to meet people frequently who have made a GSP a member of their family!  And I can understand why!!

I hope you enjoyed reading about the German Shorthaired Pointer.  And I hope to see you and your favorite breed soon!!  Jessica