The history of the German Short-haired Pointing Dog, also known as Kurzhaar, begins with the hunting of birds in the Mediterranean countries. They first appeared in the 17th century in France, Spain and Flanders and later in the courts of the German princes. The most important feature of these dogs was their position in front of the prey (the implementation of the stand). After the first shotgun was made in 1750, hunting dogs became more popular. This was the beginning of a significant change from a mere pointer to a versatile hunting dog. The fundamental basis for the development of the breed is the "Zuchtbuch Deutsch-Kurzhaar" (Studbook), which was published in 1897 by Prince Albrecht zu Solms-Braunfeld. Today, the Kurzhaar continues to pass through selective regulated breeding and testing. The standard identify it as a versatile hunting dog, capable of performing all requirements and hunting activities, even when it is older.
The German Short-haired Pointer is a flexible universal hunter. Representatives of the breed reach 53 to 63 cm in height and 20 to 32 kg in weight. This dog has a deep chest that reaches to the elbows and short strong back, which gradually rises from the withers to the tail. The legs are straight, the head is well-shaped with good proportions. The skull is relatively wide, slightly arched and rounded on both sides. The German Kurzhaar has a powerful scissor bite. Typical for these dogs are the dark almond-shaped eyes, of medium size. The ears are set high, the nose is big and brown with wide nostrils. The coloration can be brown, or a combination of white and brown.
Character and behavior
The German Short-haired Pointer is an energetic, intelligent and cheerful animal. This dog constantly striving to please his master and equally loves all family members. It is a great companion. Males are more likely to show aggression, while females are less dominant.
Training and education
Among the favorite activities of these dogs are barking, running and jumping. They are easy to train and quickly learn new commands. Since it is a very active breed that can spend hours jumping and running, it is a bad idea to raise it in an apartment. With the right approach, you can teach your pet to many commands, but you must earn his trust first. Overall, the German Kurzhaar's education is relatively easy.
The German Short-haired Pointing Dogs are prone to epilepsy, eye problems and hip dysplasia. The average lifespan is about 12-15 years.
Grooming and care
It is better to grow your puppy in a house with spacious garden or farm, so it can spend his energy in open space. Representatives of the breed easily and quickly understand what is expected from them. Their fur does not require specific care, just regular brushing. Their ears and feet should be checked regularly to prevent infections.
Children and other pets
Although it is an excellent hunting dog, the Kurzhaar can be good with cats and other dogs if properly socialized. Otherwise, its chasing instinct will prevail. The breed loves to bark and is suspicious of strangers. Very gentle and kind with children, these dogs love to be surrounded by people.
The American environmental activist and writer Rick Bass published a book named “Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had”. The story centers around a German Short-haired Pointing Dog in the large fields of Montana.
Robert B. Parker, well known for his criminal novels, wrote a popular TV series for a Boston detective known as Spenser. The protagonist owned three amazing German Short-haired Pointing dogs.
Today, the breed is much more popular in North America than in its homeland Germany, where the favorite breed of most hunters is the German Wire-haired Dog.