German shorthaired pointers were first discovered in the 17th century. They were trained to be multipurpose hunting dogs during the 19th century. It is believed to be a product of the crosses between Spanish Pointers and Bloodhounds. In 1925, the first known German Shorthair in the US was imported by Dr. Charles Thornton who began breeding the dogs. The breed was later recognized by the AKC. Greif v.d. Fliegerhalde was then the first German Short pointer registered with the AKC. The German Shorthaired Pointer ranks 19th among the 155 breeds and varieties recognized by the AKC.
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a short, thick, and water-repellent coat that is slightly longer on the underside of the tail and the back edges of the haunches. The hair is softer, thinner, and shorter, on the head. The coat can either be a solid liver or a combination of liver and white. The coat pattern may be ticked, patched or road.
German Shorthaired Pointers are friendly, smart, and willing. They are always eager to do things without being nervous. However, they do not want to be left alone. He is highly trainable.
They are prone to certain types of cancers such as mammary tumors, mast cell tumors, and lymphosarcoma. Hip Dysplasia, Lymphedema, Entropion, and Gastric dilation-volvulus are also common to them.