Thursday, February 3, 2011

Breed of the Week - German Shorthair Pointer - Kansas City Dog Photography

*Below information from dogbreedinfo.com*

About
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile all-purpose gundog. The head is in proportion to the body. The skull is slightly round on top, broad and arched on the sides. The length of the muzzle should be equal to the length of the skull. The muzzle is long with a slight stop that can be viewed from the side. The large nose is brown with wide open nostrils. The almond-shaped, medium sized eyes are dark brown. The high set ears are broad, hanging close to the head. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The chest is deep. The tail is docked to about 40% of it's length. The short coat is thick and rough to the touch. It is slightly longer on the underside of the tail, and the back edge of the hips and softer, shorter and thinner on the head and ears. Coat colors include solid liver, liver and white, liver ticked or patches, white ticked or liver roan.

Temperament
One of the most energetic breeds, the German Shorthaired Pointer is a hunting dog by nature. Protective, clever, eager and willing to please, they are very fond of their human families. Happy-go-lucky, they love nothing more than to engage in some type of constructive activity with their owners such as a long walk, jog, hike, hunt, or a game of Frisbee. This breed is not suited to life in a kennel. Faithful, spirited and friendly, they like and mix well with children. Dominancy and energy levels vary slightly from puppy to puppy even within the same litter, however those bred for working in high performance field competitions usually require more activity than the average Shorthair, but are all still very high energy dogs who need a lot of daily exercise. When they lack in exercise they can become high strung, and frustrated. The GSP will not listen if they sense that they are stronger minded than their owner, however they will also not respond well to harsh discipline. The GSP needs an owner who displays a natural air of authority. If this breed lacks in either exercise or leadership they can developed separation anxiety and possibly become destructive and nervous. Well adjusted, stable minded GSPs who receive enough mental and physical activity along with a balance of consistent leadership will get along with other dogs and cats. This breed likes to bark and they can be reserved with strangers. Socialize well. They will be in their glory if they are actually used for what they were bred for and taken on hunting trips.

Height, Weight
Height: Dogs 23-25 inches (59-64 cm.) Bitches 21-23 inches (53-58 cm.)
Weight: Dogs 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg.) 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg.)

Health
Usually a healthy breed but some are prone to epilepsy, hip dysplasia, hermaphrodism and lymphedema. Some minor concerns are CHD, entropion, gastric torsion, VWD, pannus, OCD.

Exercise
Exercise is of paramount importance for these tireless energetic animals. They are more than a match for even the most active family and they should not be taken on as family pets unless they can be guaranteed plenty of vigorous exercise. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle. If under-exercised, this breed can become restless and destructive.

Life Expectancy
About 12-15 years

Grooming
The smooth coat of the Pointer is very easy to groom. Just brush regularly with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary. A rub with a piece of toweling or chamois will leave the coat gleaming. Check the feet also, especially after the dog has been exercising or working. Dry the dog thoroughly after hunting to prevent chilling. Examine the ears regularly. This breed is an average shedder.

Origin
While not proven, some think that the German Shorthaired Pointer is a descendant of different types of German hunting, scent hounds, trail and track dogs, such as the Old Spanish Pointer, German Bird Dog, Hounds of St. Hubert (Bloodhound types), and the Foxhound. Later the English Pointer was crossed in to add speed and endurance. The German hunters were after an all-purpose utility dog that not only had a good nose, but could point, track, was an excellent retriever, gun-dog, in both field and water for both feather and fur.

ADOPTABLE BREED OF THE WEEK

Name: Happy
Breed: GSP/Lab Mix
Age: 4 Years
Sex: Male
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
UDT/Shots: Yes
House Broken: Yes
Adoption Donation: $150

This is Happy, he is micro-chipped and housetrained. He is a very sweet boy, who knows come, sit, stay, down, kennel, shake, and other hand, plus he is learning wait. Happy is very gentle and pretty calm with the 9 year old daughter. Great with other dogs and loves people. He would be happiest in a home with other dogs. He will need a secure fence. Happy is fostered in the Kansas City Metro area.

About Midwest PAWs
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, all dogs are in a foster environment only. Midwest PAWs is a non-profit committed to the following community services: We are a non-kill animal rescue organization. Our family foster home system provides safe haven for abandoned, abused, or unwanted Pointers and Weimaraners. All dogs in our care are spayed and neutered and receive all life saving or necessary medical attention. http://www.midwestpaws.org/

Foster contact: Amanda Kernes, amanda@timeforyoumassage.net

Photos courtesy of Amanda Kernes.

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