German Shorthaired Pointer Information
German short haired pointers are also known simply as the Kurzhaar (Shorthair) in Germany and as the Deutsch Kurzhaar in other parts of Europe and are descendants of the Spanish Pointer and Hannover Hound.
They were developed in Germany as a multi-purpose gun dog, to replace the need for both a pointer and a retriever.
Pointer refers to the stance they take when they find game and they strike a rigid pose to indicate to their master that there is game ahead.
They were officially recognised in the first studbook in Germany in 1870.
- High energy levels
German Shorthaired Pointer Temperament & Size
Sometimes referred to as simply the German Point, this medium to large sized dog is a low maintenance companion with a sleek and smooth coat.
This breed of dog would suit an active family. Regular substantial exercise (minimum one hour a day) is imperative to prevent behavioural problems.
In the past the tail was commonly docked however today it is banned in many countries and ethically frowned upon worldwide.
German Short Haired Pointer Life Span & Health Problems
Average lifespan is 10-12 years.
Common Illnesses include;
- Hip Dysplasia – Abnormal formation of the hip joints causing early onset degenerative joint disease.
- Entropion – Excess eyelid tissue causing the eyelashes to turn inward and rub against the surface of the eye resulting in corneal ulceration.
- Epilepsy – Recurrent seizures.
- Lymphedema – Swelling usually in the legs caused by lymph accumulating in the tissues in the affected areas.
- Hermaphrodism – Congenital abnormality resulting in the dog having both male and female sex organs or sexual charis characteristics.
- Bloat (Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, GDV) – Twisting of the stomach resulting in rapid swelling of the abdomen causing pain and eventual death if not treated.
- Von Willebrand’s Disease – Blood clotting disorder.
- Pannus – Deposition of black pigment on the cornea and subsequent drying of the cornea.
- Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD) – A condition resulting in abnormal cartilage or bone development. It will cause early onset osteoarthritis if not treated.