Deutsch Kurzhaar or the German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile breed of sporting dog that hunts a variety of game and retrieves it whether on land or water. He is easily recognizable with striking coat and proud bearing – proportionate head and body with a deep chest. As an all-purpose gun dog, he is a great companion whether in the field or at home, especially when trained and cared for properly. They make great hunting dogs.
Trainability and Hunting Style
Deutsch Kurzhaar is easier to train than other breeds of hunting dogs because he is attentive and inclined to listen to commands. Although the entire process is enjoyable, a bit of patience from the owner is required. Deutsch Kurzhaar requires specific instructions to be repeated multiple times before they obey the command. Training should be provided firmly, constantly and consistently. Positive reinforcements, such as praise and food rewards will help in a smooth training. Because of his strong hunting instinct, he must be trained to be able to differentiate between what is prey and what is not, what is legitimate and what is off limits. On the hunting field, Deutsch Kurzhaar is excellent in pointing and retrieving game, but not flushing. He is not supposed to flush game as part of his hunting style, but some owners find that they can train him to flush game.
Deutsch Kurzhaar has a head that is proportionate to his body, with a muzzle equal to the length of the skull. He has a large nose with wide open nostrils, dark brown eyes that is medium in size and almond-shaped, a high set of broad ears that hang close to the head, and teeth that meet in a scissor bite. He has a short, thick coat that is water repellent and slightly longer on the haunches. The hair is softer, shorter and thinner on the head. His coat can be solid liver or a combination of colors in ticked, roan or patched pattern. Females usually reach a height of about 21 to 23 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 45 to 60 lbs. While males will reach 23 to 25 inches at the shoulders and weigh 55 to 70 lbs.
These hunting dogs are generally smart, friendly and willing to please. He can be friendly with family members, children, strangers and other pets, provided they are trained to discern between which animal is prey and not. As one of the most energetic hunting dog breeds, he enjoys engaging in various constructive activities, especially those that are physically demanding, such as jogging, hiking, walking or a game of Frisbee. He will never be happy in a kennel, but must be given rigorous exercise daily to keep it from jumping out of the fence and going on a hunting spree by his lonesome. Lack of exercise will also make him destructive and nervous. Deutsch Kurzhaar needs an owner that is strong-minded but doesn’t resort to harsh discipline. If he sense that he can easily overpower his owner, he will be stubborn and disobedient. He has a tendency to howl or bark.
These hunting dog breeds are very low maintenance, with grooming need only be done once in a while and without the need for trimming or stripping. They must be given an opportunity to burn out their energy and stamina to keep them from being distractive. Daily exercise for an hour or more each day would suffice.
Deutsch Kurzhaar is generally healthy, but can still be affected by certain health conditions, such as hip dysplasia, cancer, entropion, lymphedema, bloat or torsion, and Von Willebrand’s disease. Not all German Shorthaired Pointers will get all these diseases, but awareness will help keep your hunting dogs healthy and sick-free for a long time.This hunting dog breed will normally live for 12 to 14 years.