Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Loyal and Athletic German Shorthaired Pointers

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

German Shorthaired Pointers were created in Germany in the 1600's. It'as an all around dog That has a good nose for smelling.. These dogs could point, track and retrieve The German Shorthaired Pointers is the result of breeding different types of German hunting, scent hounds, trail and track dogs. These include the Old Spanish Pointer, German Bird Dog, Hounds of St. Hubert and the Foxhounds. Later on, the English Pointer was crossed in to add speed and endurance into theses dogs. The German Hunters at that time also wanted these dogs to become friendly family dogs.

German Shorthaired Pointers are dexterous dogs. They have heads that are proportionate to their bodies. Their skulls are a bit round on the top, wide and arched on the sides. Their muzzles are have the same measurements to that of their skulls. They have long muzzles that have a slight stop. It can be seen from the sides. They have large noses that are color brown and their nostrils are wide open.. Their eyes are almond shaped, medium – sized  and are colored  dark brown. These dogs have high set ears that are wide and hanging close to their heads. Their tails are docked to about 40% of it's length. They have webbed like feet that are compressed. Their skin id tight. Their coats are short, densed and rough. It is slightly longer on the undersides of their tails and at the back edges.of their hips.It is softer, thinner and shorter on their heads and ears. Their coats colors are firm dark reddish brown, reddish brown and white, reddish brown patches or chestnut color sprinkled with a bit of white color.

German Shorthared Pointers do pack a lot of energy. It's instincts are that of a hunting dog. These are good family dogs who love activities. These dogs are smart, enthusiastic and they like to entertain the family. You can play games with them like catching frisbees. Let them go for long walks with their owners. Owners must make sure that these dogs walk by their sides or at their backs..These dogs must be properly trained and socialized at their early ages. Obedience training is so necessary, because these are hunting dogs. They must be taught what they can and cannot do. These dogs are friendly and they are good dogs to have especially if owners have children. These dogs are protective of their owners. Their owners must be their pack leaders. Owners must be relaxed, confident but firm with house rules. These are dogs that bark and they are quite restrained with strangers.

German Male Shorthaired Pointers will reach heights of 23 – 25 inches and will weigh 55 – 70 pounds. Female Shorthaired Pointers will have heights of 21 – 23 inches and will weigh 45 – 60 pounds.

German Shorthaired Pointers can acquire health issues such as hip dysplasia, epilepsy, hemaphrodism and lymphedema. They are also prone mast cell tumors.

German Shorthaired Pointers are not meant to live in apartments. They will do good living in homes that have large yards that are properly fenced. The fences of these yards must be at least six feet tall. Having fences with these heights will prevent these dogs from going over any fence.

German Shorthaired Pointers will live for at least 12 – 15 years.

German Shorthaired Pointers have fine looking coats that are quite easy to groom. Always brush their coats consistently with bristle brushes. Give them baths only when needed. Use a towelette to keep their coats shiny. Their feet must be checked. It should be done after they are finished walking or doing their daily activities. Dry up these dogs immediately after they finish doing their hunting activities. This will prevent chilling. Regularly take a look at their ears. These dogs are medium shedders.

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