About the Breed

The GSP was developed in Germany in the late 1800's to be all all-purpose dog.  It was the original intent of the breeders to develop a breed of dog with inbred instinct for multiple tasks, thus requiring little time to "force train".  The GSP was bred to point, retrieve, trail wounded game, hunt both large and small game, furred and feathered and to work in low or heavy cover as well as water.  The dog was also intended to be a family companion good with both adults and children.

The breed is considered medium in size with the males slightly larger than the females.  One should be able to determine the sex of the dog based on general appearance, i.e. males should look masculine and females should look feminine.  It is important to remember this is primarily a hunting dog, bred for a purpose, and as such will have a high level of activity and/or energy that needs to be channeled.  Just like people not all are created equal and while some will learn a task quickly, others may take more time and patience.  GSPs tend to be eager to please and willing to learn at relatively young ages if the training sessions are not forced and kept short and simple.  Even though some may appear physically mature by the time they are six months old their brain may not be engaged until they are two years of age.  Thus you may have an adult sized dog with a "teenage" brain.

The coat of a GSP is short but not thin and when one runs their hand across a dog the hair should not feel soft to the touch with exception of the head and ears.  The GSP head is shaped differently than that found on a Lab or a Pointer and its ear is slightly larger and longer, not pointed at the end but slightly rounded.  To prevent field injuries the tail is docked, but not short like a Boxer or Doberman but should be 6 to 8 inches long with some a bit longer and with dew claws removed.