The German shorthaired pointer is the result of crossing aSpanish pointer and a Hannover hound, while the addition of the English pointer gave the breed a distinctive look as well. It became known as the hunting dog that could really do it all because of its versatility.
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How big does a German Shorthaired Pointer dog get?
German Shorthaired Pointers are a medium to large dog breed. Males typically stand between 23 and 25 inches tall and weigh between 55 and 70 pounds. Females are a bit smaller and are between 21 and 23 inches tall and weigh between 45 and 60 pounds.
How did the German Shorthaired Pointer get its name?
The now non-existent German Bird Dog, the bloodhound, and perhaps English and Spanish pointing dogs cross-bred to progressively create what would become known as simply the 鈥渟horthair鈥?breed of hunting dog. By 1870, a studbook was established for the breed. Outside of Bavaria, the breed became known as the German shorthaired pointer.
Why are German Shorthaired Pointers so lively?
Since the German shorthaired pointer background was made up of several relatively weighty dogs such as Spanish pointers, the English dogs contributed to introducing gracefulness to the breed. German shorthaired pointers are lively dogs largely because of their English pointer roots.
What breeds make up the English Pointer?
That breed itself is related to the Old Spanish Pointer and Hannover Hound, who were cross bred in the 1600鈥檚. It is also likely that various German hounds and tracking dogs, as well as the English Pointer and the Arkwright Pointer also contributed to the development of the breed.