Since the end of the Second World War, there has been an influx of breeds from Continental Europe, and none has been more successfully introduced to both the shooting and showing scenes than the German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP). The first of the Hunt, Point and Retrieve (HPR) breeds to arrive in the UK, the GSP has on several occasions won that coveted award in the world of the gundog, the Dual Championship – a dog that is able to beat all comers in the field and in the show ring.
The GSP stems from dogs known collectively as bird dogs. The basis for the breed was almost certainly the kennels of Prince Albrecht zu Solms-Braunfels,
who owned Schweisshunds, a breed of good but slowish working hounds with outstanding ability to scent game, which were crossed with traditional English Pointer stock.
The breed comes in black, liver or either colour spotted or ticked with white. The coat is short, flat and coarse to the feel, and as a result, he is a very easy dog to keep clean and wholesome even in the foulest weathers. Medium-sized, trainable and friendly, he combines grace, energy and stamina in a neat frame.