German Shorthaired Pointers trace their
origins back about 120 years. They originated in Germany, where
breeders wanted to develop a rugged, versatile hunting dog that
would work closely with either one person or a small party of
persons hunting on foot in varied terrain; from the mountainous
regions of the Alps, to dense forests, to more open areas with
farms and small towns. The breed the Germans desired had to have
a coat that would protect the dogs when working in heavy cover
or in cold water, yet be easy to maintain. The goal was to develop
a wire-coated, medium sized dog that could:
for, locate and point upland game
both feather and fur with equal skill
a close-working, easily trained gun dog
able to track and locate wounded game
fearless when hunting 'sharp' game such as fox
a devoted companion and pet; and
a watchdog for its owners family and property.
are extremely devoted dogs. When raised in a home with one owner,
they become very definite one-person dogs. When raised in a home
with several people, including children, they become devoted to
the whole family, although some dogs may attach more strongly
to one member of the household.
GSP's are typically fun loving and playful and with proper supervision
for both children and animal, GSP's and kids do very well together.
On the other hand, an adult GSP that has not been raised with
children may need strict supervision if sold into a home with
as with any dog, very young children should be taught to properly
handle a puppy, as well as to understand the difference between
playing with a dog and hurting it.
GSP's make superb companion dogs and pets. In fact, they crave
human companionship, doing best in a home where they are permitted
a very warm, close relationship with 'their people'. They are
one Sporting Breed that does not make a good kennel dog, nor a
dog that lives all its life in a backyard with little contact
GSP is a complex breed. Intelligence, strong desire to please,
sharpness are all qualities that make up the typical GSP. Many,
GSP's have have a clown-like side to their personalities. They
can be active, busy dogs that amuse themselves with various games.
However, they are not 'hyper' dogs. In general, there are few
more loving or interesting breeds.
is their intelligence, however, that can become the GSP's downfall.
Without interaction with their family, GSP's can become easily
bored. Without mental stimulis, they can become destructive and
noisy in their attempt to "find something to do."
Because of their desire to please, the GSP does not require nor
respond well to harsh or heavy-handed training. Most truly do
not like to be 'on the outs' with their people, and can be corrected
with a sharp 'NO!' A GSP that is treated harshly or roughly may
completely turn off, becoming fearful, sulky and/or remote, or
may become a biter.
the other hand, when permitted to develop a close relationship
with one or more people, and when trained with respect for his
intelligence and desire to please the GSP is a willing and able
partner who will continue to amaze you with his quickness to learn
and his desire to perform.