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Gun Dog Breeders: German Shorthaired Pointer Facts

By    |   Friday, 08 Jan 2016 12:19 AM

The German shorthaired pointer is one of the best possible animals for gun dog breeders to raise. They are fantastic hunting dogs that can do a variety of duties as well as great companion dogs that can be ideal for families and home living. They are very energetic and loyal, but also deal with some health issues specific to the breed. Here are facts that gun dog breeders need to know about this animal.

1. Breeding History
The German shorthaired pointer was first developed in the 19th century as a multipurpose hunting dog, Dogtime.com noted. The dogs were bred to be a mix between bloodhounds and Spanish pointers, big dogs with good noses that can work on land and in water. Gun dog breeders in the early days of the breed chose this animal because they were not just great hunting dogs, but also intelligent companion dogs as well.

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2. Temperament
This breed of dog is temperamental when not socialized properly. However, if German shorthaired pointers are raised as puppies around a mixture of people, places, and sounds, the German shorthaired pointer can become an approachable and playful dog, good around adults and kids, PetGuide.com noted.

3. Health Issues
This breed of dog faces some health issues that gun dog breeders should keep in mind. The most common is hip dysplasia, which is a deformation in the hip joint and can cause pain, Vetstreet noted. With proper diet and exercise, the dog can lead a full life. However, a dog with hip dysplasia should not be bred. One of the most reported health problems is cancer, specifically mammary tumors, lymphosarcoma and mast cell tumors. German shorthaired pointers also occasionally suffer from Von Willebrand's disease, a blood disorder that can't be cured. Those dogs should never be bred.

4. Hunting Skills
A German shorthaired pointer is among rare dog breeds that can perform all gun dog roles, Dogtime.com said. They are skilled at being both a retriever as well as a pointer. They can also hunt in water for birds and on land for small game like rabbits and big game like deer. This is an all-purpose dog for gun dog breeders.

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