This handsome, all-purpose gundog was developed in Germany for the sportsman who wanted a companion that could hunt fur or
feather on land or over water. In Germany, where he's called the Kurzhaar, he's been known since the 17th century as a skilled
tracker, pointer and retriever of game, watch dog, and companion. The early Kurzhaars were slower and heavier than the modern
breed and represented a cross between the Spanish Pointer and the Bloodhound. Later, when a faster, keener scenting dog was
wanted, English Pointer blood was introduced. It is said that the first specimens from this cross varied greatly in type but,
by selectively using the best hunting strains for breeding purposes, the law of "form follows function" prevailed
and the clean, present-day type was stabilized. First introduced to this continent in the 1920's, the breed is now well established
and very popular both as a sporting dog, and family pet. It is sturdy, hardy and active, with a short, hard, dense coat in
liver and white, liver roan or solid liver. Grooming needs are minimal but ears should be examined regularly and gently cleaned
as necessary. Males measure 23 to 25 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 55 to 70 lbs: females 2 inches and 10 lbs. less.
The breed adapts well to family life in either a suburban or country setting. These dogs have lots of energy, so they need
lots of exercise!