German Shorthaired Pointing Dog


German Shorthaired Pointing Dog - Group VII - Pointing Dogs, Section 1 - Continental Pointing Dog-Braque-Type.

General Appearance:

To owners and members of his family it is loyal, with other animals, dogs and cats, etc. it is getting well, although hunters use this dog due to different reasons. It is sharpness for vermin. Even with strangers it is friendly. Although it is still in most cases only a hunting dog, it can be sweet, perceptive and always friendly companion.


It is very intelligent, docile, playful and friendly dog, it deserves both in education and in training, although rigorous, but a thoroughly kind treatment that respects its individuality and demands. It is a versatile hunting hound its utilisation is able to fulfil all the demands that are needed during the hunt, until old age. It has an excellent sense of smell and it must be temperamentally sound, it must be resistant.


It is a dog of noble appearance and harmonious construction that ensures strength, endurance and speed. The impression of generosity underlines upright posture and its smooth contoured lines, dry head, well carried tail, adjacent shiny coat and harmonious movement. Desirable is a short rectangular body frame. Height at withers, male is from 62 to 66 cm and female is from   58 to 63 cm.

The head should be dry, expressive, not too light or too heavy. Strength and length must conform to the size and membership of an individual to one or other sex. The skull should be broad enough above flatly rounded, with not high occipital part. Longitudinal frontal furrow must not be too deep. Brow-ridges clear view, frontal slope (stop) is gradual.

The muzzle should be long, broad, deep (when viewed from the side high) and strong enough. Muzzle should be viewed from the side slightly arched. Vaulting may be of varying scope, from the noble down-faced to its overall slightly convex course. For male is more evident. A totally straight nasal bridge is admissible, but in terms of assessing the generosity of the head side. Swayback nose is considered a serious defect. Nose when viewed from the side protrudes slightly before the top jaws.

For brown-skinned individuals, brown nose and black with black. Flesh (pink-) coloured or spotted nose is permitted only in individuals with basic white coat colour. The nostrils should be large, broad and appropriately moving.

Lips adjacent to the jaw and teeth should not be excessively pendulous. On the edges must be ticked. The upper falls from the nose up to the split vertical furrow almost vertically, and both sides take place in a gentle arc to slightly more pronounced corners of the mouth. Jaws should be strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite. A full set of 42 teeth is exactly corresponding to the dental formula. Cheeks are properly powerfully muscled.

Eyes should be neither medium size nor the bulging or sunken. Under ideal colour of the iris is considered dark brown. The eyelids fit close to the eyeballs. The earlobes are hung, medium length, set high, with a wide base, smooth. They do not form to the corkscrew, but the adjacent area of the cheeks and on the tops bluntly rounded. They should not be too thick or too thin, stretched ahead without violence should be roughly corners of the mouth.

Neck corresponds to the length of the overall appearance of the individual and to the shoulders slightly expands. Neck should be very muscular and slightly arched. The skin on the neck must adhere to the skeletal muscle and subcutaneous tissue flap is undesirable. Topline body must be viewed from the side, straight and aft slightly sloping. Withers have to be a clear, back firm, well-muscled so that the spinous processes of the thoracic vertebrae were covered musculature. The transition between the back and loins must be sound, well put together. The loin is short, broad, muscular, straight or slightly arched. The croup should be wide and long enough, must be neither too short nor shrunk towards the root of tail slightly sloping and well muscled.

The tail is set high, thick at root, tapering and generally be of medium length. For "hunting purposes" shall be reduced by about half. The rest is suspended the move is carried horizontally, never too high above the topline of the body. Must not be much hooked. Naturally long should reach to the hocks and should be carried straight or slightly sickle-like level with the top line of the body.

The chest should be deep rather than wide, with a strong chest and back, if possible far reaching sternum. It must achieve when viewed from the side of the elbow. Ribs should be well sprung, must not be flat or barrel last reach far back so that the distance between them and the front edge of the thigh should not be too long. The bottom line of the body rises when viewed from the side of the chest smooth graceful arc toward the rear to slightly tucked, dry belly.

The forelegs are seen from the front straight and parallel, viewed from the side must be free of their right under the hull, their attitude must not be divergent or convergent. Shoulder bone should be as long as possible, properly dryly muscled. Forearms are straight, sufficiently muscled, strong, but not coarse bones. The wrists must be strong metacarpus grip as viewed from the side of a minimum angle with the axis of the forearm, to be only slightly slanted but may not be vertical to ground.

Front feet are round, form spoon shaped, with well sprung and the abutting finger nails strong and solid and durable padded. They should not be turned in or out.
The hindquarters must be viewed from behind straight and parallel to each other, and when viewed from the side properly angulated, strong bones. Knees should be strong, moderately bent. Legs are long, muscular and sinewy. Hocks must be strong, properly angulated. Hocks are strong and perpendicular to the substrate. The hind feet should be the same as the forequarters.

Skin tight fit to the skeletal muscle and subcutaneous tissue, there cannot be any loose folds. The coat is short and thick, rough to the touch and hard on the head and earlobes to be softer and less on the underside of the tail should not be noticeably longer.

Colouration may be uniformly brown, without markings, brown with small white or flecked markings front chest and limbs, dark dappled with brown-coloured head, brown patches or specks, light dappled with brown-coloured head, brown patches and specks or without patches, white with brown head markings, brown patches or spots elsewhere on the body. Yellow "burning" is permissible defect is not even white blaze on its head and small spots and dots around the nose and upper lip.