The German Shorthaired Pointer is a stunning dog which is athletic, loyal and loads of fun. If you’re a sporty family looking for a four-legged companion, this breed could be the perfect addition to your household. By Michelle Amdur.
There is something about sleek, athletic dogs which always commands the attention of passers by, and watching a German Shorthaired Pointer strut its stuff is truly amazing. The agile GSP belongs to the gundogs group and is the quintessential working dog. Known as a hunt, point and retrieve breed, it was trained to work alongside hunters in the field to serve and help. While the GSP is still used in this capacity in some parts of the world, it is widely considered an outstanding family dog and makes a wonderful companion for those suited to the needs of this breed.
German Wirehaired Pointer
The two breeds may sound similar, but the German Wirehaired Pointer is a totally separate breed to the German Shorthaired Pointer. The GWP is bigger and heavier than the GSP, and not as square in shape.
The most obvious difference between the two breeds is the coat, which is the GWP’s most distinctive feature. This dog’s coat is so dense that it protects against cold, even in icy water. Naturally, it is more difficult to maintain and needs to be brushed at least twice a week. It may also need stripping from time to time and sheds heavily in summer.
Like the GSD, the GWP is a very energetic dog and needs to be kept well exercised and stimulated. It is extremely agile both on land and in water, due to its versatile coat, and will be most happy if allowed to participate in lots of physical activities.
For more information on the German Shorthaired Pointer or to contact a local breed club, visit your state canine council website via ankc.org.au New Zealand readers can visit nzkc.org.nz for information.
The original article was published in PETS issue 62. Click here to subscribe to our magazine.