German Short Haired Pointers: The Breed & Rescue

Like the needle on a compass, the German Shorthaired Pointer can effectively zero in on their prey, drawing attention to it with the natural pose that earned this dog his name. Still as a statue, with all senses tuned in to where the quarry hides, his foot raised and then frozen in mid-step, tail outstretched – the Pointer is a sight to behold, whether one is a fan of hunting dogs or not. This just like is Charley – from Nor-Cal GSP rescue as seen in the photo.

Fans of the German Shorthaired Pointer are sure to tell you that they are the epitome, when it comes to aristocratic hunting dogs. More elegant than the majority of the all-purpose hunting breeds, he has the good fortune of being beautiful and yet far more versatile than the other elegant hunters. In fact, not only is the German Shorthaired pointer capable of tracking, pointing and retrieving but, perhaps even more amusing, he is equally varied in the quarry that he can hunt. While he may be a descendant of a German Bird Dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer refuses to be limited by such things, and is capable of hunting not only grouse, quail, ducks and geese, but also raccoons, opossum, and even deer, as needed.

Coming in solid liver color, or any combination of liver and white (liver and white patched, liver-ticked, or the liver roan), these beautiful dogs tend to be very friendly, willing to work, and enthusiastic. Highly intelligent, they can prove troublesome to train to do exactly as they are wanted, they do take a patient owner and react best to repetition, regular routine, and gentle praise. An energetic dog, they are not well-suited for apartment-dwelling, and can also be prone to running off, if left to their own devices – without thinking and nose to the ground, a German Shorthaired Pointer may very well be a skilled tracking dog, but his desire to follow scents can lead him to stray away from home and get lost. Care should be taken, to ensure that he is properly kenneled or kept on a leash when not working in the field.

As with any breed, there are great rescue dogs available to consider before going to a breeder. Nor-Cal GSP rescue is one option. As with any dog – make sure you are aware of the dog breed personality and that you have time to spend with the dog, especially a high energy breed. If you cannot adopt a rescue – you can help by donating or shopping online.

Take Frida for example, she is a 5 1/2 yr old German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue. She’s is playful, loyal, adorable, very smart and the best friend.

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