German Hund Pointer

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German Hund Pointer History

The German Pointer is a breed of gundog that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th Century. The origin of the name “Hund” (“Dog”) is debated, but may be from the word “hund” meaning “pack”. The dogs are descended from various pointing dogs, including English Setters and Spanish Pointers. The ancestors of the modern German Pointer were crossed with various other European hounds, including the Weimaraner and Norwegian Elkhound, and by the end of the 19th Century there were about 40 different strains of Pointer. The FCI recognised the German Pointer under its present name in 1928, and in 1934 the Max Planck Institute for Animal Breeding Research began work to establish the standardised type for the breed.

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German Hund Pointer Physical Characteristics

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium to large sized breed of hunting dogs. They are agile, tireless hunters with keen intelligence, tremendous courage, and a strong, muscular physique. The breed is very similar in appearance to the English Pointer. The short, dense and soft double coat of German Pointer can be any colour (including white). The muzzle is moderately long with a well developed nose, and the ears are quite large. The tail is medium in length, tapering to a point. The skull is of rectangular shape. The forehead is slightly arched and the eyes are deeply set. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The neck is of moderate length and slightly arched, blending smoothly into the shoulders. The withers are prominent and the back is long and level. The hindquarters are powerful, with well-developed, muscled thighs. The feet are round and slightly cat-like. The overall height at the withers ranges from 23 to 26 inches (58 to 66 cm).

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Coat Colors

Black, Cream, White, Blue, Fawn, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 16 – 18 inches

Female Height Range: 16 – 18 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 25 – 55 lbs

Female Weight Range: 25 – 55 lbs

German Hund Pointer Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

German Hund Pointer Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Intervertebral Disk Disease, Eye Diseases and Disorders, Bloat, vonWillebrand’s Disease, , Primary Acanthosis Nigricans

German Hund Pointer Temperament and Behaviour

The German Hunt Pointed is an energetic, playful, and adventurous breed. They are extremely friendly and typically get along well with people and animals. They are easy to train and respond well to correction and discipline.

German Hund Pointer Activity Requirements

German Pointers were bred to be hunting dogs, and today they are a popular hunting and competition dog. Because they were bred for hunting, they need plenty of mental and physical stimulation. German Pointers love to be outside, running and playing, and they require a lot of outdoor time to be happy. If you live in an area that allows them off leash, letting them run, play, and hunt is one of the best ways to make sure they are healthy and happy. If you do not have the space or ability to let your German Pointer run off leash, a daily walk or jog will keep them happy. They will also need regular runs and walks to keep them in shape for field work.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

German Hund Pointer is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

German Hund Pointer is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

German Hund Pointer is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

German Hund Pointer is part of the Unclassified group.

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