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Award-winning American writer, Rick Bass’ story on living and hunting with a German Shorthaired Pointer in Montana is detailed in the book “Colter: The True Story of the Best Dog I Ever Had”.
German Shorthaired Pointer
I talk to him when I’m lonesome like, and I’m sure he understands.
When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands;
Then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat,
For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that!
– W. Dayton Wedgefarth
The first German Shorthairs resulted from crossing the Spanish Pointer and the Bloodhound. Later on, to increase speed and sharpen his scenting abilities, the English Pointer was bred into the line.
German Shorthairs were developed to hunt birds and small animals on land or water. They are excellent all round gun dogs: exceptional trackers, pointers and retrievers of game, watchdogs, and companions.
The German Shorthaired Pointer stands up to 25 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a short, dense coat in black, black and white, liver and white, liver-roan, or solid liver. Grooming requirements are minimal.
Photos displayed courtesy of Ray and Pat Iredale, Whisperfield Perm Reg’d, Ontario
An affectionate, even-tempered, gentle dog, he prefers to live with people. Not a dog to live in the kennel or be left alone all day, the German Shorthaired Pointer is happiest when engaged in outdoor activity. Although he is reliable with children, gentle, and even-tempered, he may be a little too boisterous for very young children.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is an energetic hunter. As a high-energy animal, he needs lots of vigorous exercise to maintain his happy, balanced nature. He does best in a rural environment where there is plenty of room to run! A fenced yard is essential. The German Short-Hair is intelligent, responsive, and easily trainable. He should be trained from an early age by a patient but firm leader.