German Short-Haired Pointer Breed Origins and Caracteristics

The German Short-Haired Pointer or Kurzhaar is undoubtedly the most known pointer in Europe and the most found in other continents. The primitive type, known in the 17th century was much heavier and more robust than the breed that we know today. It comes from the cross between the Spanish Pointer and the bloodhound, it worked with great confidence but slowly and in short distances, and so it could not compete with the English breeds of pointers that invaded the European continent mid 19th century. But in 1890, some canine experts founded Germany the "Kurzhaar Klub" and it used the English pointer to improve the breed and thus obtain a dog with improved qualities. These dogs have inherited the original type of searching, investigating and working in water and they have taken after the pointer the fine sense of smell, the quick search and the firm stand. Thus, the German Short-Haired Pointer transformed into a universal hunting dog.

The German Long-Haired Pointer (Langhaar) is much appreciated to work in the woods. Its ability to search for the prey and follow a trail, its natural aggressive character, its prudence and resistance as well have conquered the heart of forest guardians. Since it is mistrustful to strangers by nature, this dog is also an excellent guardian. Its standard, established in 1878, has not been modified.

Kurzhaar. Size: 60-70 cm. Weight: 27-32 kg. Colors: dark brown to light brown, one-color or with patches on the chest and limbs, white with big or small brown patches (brown roan-1) and brown head. All these variations are allowed with black. A yellow mark is accepted and this characteristic is generally related to the ability to follow the blood of trail.

Langhaar. Size: 63-70 cm. Weight: 30 kg approximately. Colors: brown (2) or brownish-gray white; the brown appears both in small patches and bigger patches. On the sides and on the back, the hair is approximately 3 to 5 cm long; on the head it is shorter. The front part of the neck, the chest, the abdomen and the toes are covered by a longer hair; the legs have bangs and the tail has a small well-developed tuft (long hairs in the lower part). The tail is usually cut in a third or half.

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