German Shorthaired Pointer Dogs 101 The Perfect Hunting Dog

Friendly, smart, willing to please … The
German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatilehunter and an all-purpose gun dog capable
of high performance in the field and in thewater, who also doubles as a great family
companion. An active family, that is. If you’ve ever admired the versatility,
athleticism and stamina of a decathlete, you’lladmire the German Shorthaired Pointer. Hi, welcome to Animal Facts. Today, we try to keep up with the energetic
and strong companion, the German ShorthairedPointer. Let’s get started. But, before we start, take a moment to like
and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts. Tell us about your doggy in the comments below. 10. Surprise, they come from Germany!As the name suggest, the German Shorthaired
Pointer hails from Deutschland. Although Pointer-type dogs date back to ancient
Egypt, the German Shorthaired was shaped inthe 19th century by German Hunters wanting
the perfect hunting dog, capable of catchinga wide variety of game on both land and water. He was bred to hunt a variety of animals,
from small game like squirrels and rabbitsto larger game like boar and deer. Since that time, the German shorthaired pointer’s
reputation has expanded around the world asthe ideal dog for the person wanting a versatile
hunter. 9. He can do it all!And, he wants to do it all—over, and over
again!He has a variety of different attributes that
make him perfect for any job in and out ofthe water. His water-resistant coat repels debris as
he swims, while his spoon-shaped webbed pawsact as paddles. On land, his heavy nails help him get traction
on even rough terrain, making him a versatilecompanion and working dog. 8. The pedigree was added to the American Kennel
Club roster in March 1930 and is the 11thmost popular breed thanks to its great temperament
and solid work ethic. Most owners say the German Shorthaired Pointer
is great with kids and other pets and respondswell to training. You’ll need to keep this dog company, though,
as few say it’s OK to leave this pooch onhis own. 7. This is a high-energy dog that will not be
content to sit around all day. A long exercise period every day and access
to a good-sized yard are needed during theday. Given adequate exercise, life indoors with
a German shorthaired pointer can be tranquil;without adequate exercise, it can be disastrous. He can live in an apartment, but you’re
likely going to need to be an athlete yourselfto meet his exercise needs. A simple walk before and after work won’t
burn up his boundless energy. 6. German Shorthaired Pointers are not Golden
Retrievers. He is capable of learning a great deal, but
he has an independent mind of his own andis easily distracted by exciting sights, sounds,
and scents. Some German Shorthairs are willful and obstinate
and some can be manipulative. You must show him, through absolute consistency,
that you mean what you say. 5. He is an average shedder. The short and rough coat of the breed needs
little grooming. Brushing his coat once a week and rubbing
his body occasionally with a damp towel issufficient to maintain a healthy coat. He should be bathed only when necessary and
must be dried properly after each bath. His eyes and ears need to be cleaned regularly
and nails should be trimmed properly to avoidany injury. 4. Pointers, as the name suggests, naturally
use their bodies to point when they find game. They lower their heads, keep a steady gaze,
and lift one of their front paws—takingthe shape of an arrow directing hunters to
the prey. This pointing behavior is so innate, even
puppies that have never been on a hunt willsometimes do it. 3. They perform well in agility events. Due to the nature of the obstacles, the events
require a strong bond between dogs and theirhandlers, as well as natural motivation and
conditioning. The German shorthaired pointer’s speed,
grace, and willingness to learn make theman ideal breed for the sport. The AKC has been holding prestigious Agility
tournaments since 1978, and the highest title,the Preferred Agility Champion, was instated
in 2011. As of 2015, there were 8 German shorthaired
pointers with this title. 2. The TSA uses the dogs, including one named
Pina. As part of the official canine explosives
team, she sniffs boxes and crates in New Yorkand New Jersey for any suspicious odors. Luckily, she has yet to find any potentially
dangerous scents that weren’t placed therefor training. 1. He may have become famous for his hunting
skills, but the German Shorthaired Pointeralso makes a great pet, thanks to his lovable
demeanor. Dedicated to his owners, this breed will be
sociable with other animals and humans. But the best part is that the German Shorthaired
Pointer loves children – in fact, he willoften become more attached to the children
in the house than to the adults. Want more fun, fauna facts?Go ahead and smash that subscribe button and
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