The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium to large sized breed of dog developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting. A versatile hunting breed, being an all-purpose gun breed of dog suitable for both land and water, it is streamlined yet powerful with strong legs that make it able to move rapidly and turn quickly. It has moderately long floppy ears set high on the head. Its muzzle is long, broad, and strong, allowing it to retrieve even heavy game.
The immediate forebears of the German Shorthaired Pointing Dog were developed as early as in the XVII century, although a present-day variant of this breed was invented to become a versatile sporting dog in the middle of the XIX century. Its original version was referred as the German Pointer or the German Bird Dog and was produced by crossing the Spanish Pointer with the Bloodhound. The resulting dog was notable for nice scent, heavy build and supreme docility but hunters wished to endow this budging breed with more stylish and handsome appearance. To realise this goal they utilised Pointers, which they brought from England. Thanks to these crosses breeders could also eliminate the dog’s dislike to water so ever since it was capable of retrieving wounded and killed birds both on land and from water.