German shorthaired pointer

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German shorthaired pointer

German shorthaired pointer, breed of large sporting dog developed in Germany in the mid-19th cent. It stands about 23 in. (58 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs about 60 lb (27 kg). Its dense coat of short hair is hard to the touch and is colored solid liver or liver spotted or ticked with white. Intended as a utility dog, the original stock was crossed with several breeds, such as the bloodhound and the English pointer, in order to insure this versatility. Thus, the German shorthaired pointer has been used to hunt both waterfowl and upland game birds, as a retriever on land and water, and to trail such small animals as rabbits and opossums. See dog.
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German Shorthaired Pointer


(Kurzhaar), one of the pointing breeds of dog of the group of continental pointers. It was developed at the beginning of the 20th century in Germany. The males measure up to 66 cm high at the withers. The head is wedge-shaped, and the ears are pendant. The coat is coffee-colored, sometimes spotted or ticked. The tail is docked. German shorthaired pointers are numerous in the USSR, various European countries, and the USA.

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