Group: Sporting Group
German Shorthaired Pointer is a versatile hunter, an all-purpose gun
dog capable of high performance in field and water. The judgement of
Shorthairs in the show ring reflects this basic characteristic. The
overall picture which is created in the observer's eye is that of an
aristocratic, well balanced, symmetrical animal with conformation
indicating power, endurance and agility and a look of intelligence and
animation. The dog is neither unduly small nor conspicuously large. It
gives the impression of medium size, but is like the proper hunter,
"with a short back, but standing over plenty of ground." Symmetry and
field quality are most essential. A dog in hard and lean field
condition is not to be penalized; however, overly fat or poorly muscled
dogs are to be penalized. A dog well balanced in all points is
preferable to one with outstanding good qualities and defects. Grace of
outline, clean-cut head, sloping shoulders, deep chest, powerful back,
strong quarters, good bone composition, adequate muscle, well carried
tail and taut coat produce a look of nobility and indicate a heritage
of purposefully conducted breeding. Further evidence of this heritage
is movement which is balanced, alertly coordinated and without wasted
Size, Proportion, Substance
of dogs, measured at the withers, 23 to 25 inches. Height of bitches,
measured at the withers, 21 to 23 inches. Deviations of one inch above
or below the described heights are to be severely penalized. Weight of
dogs 55 to 70 pounds. Weight of bitches 45 to 60 pounds.
Proportion--measuring from the forechest to the rearmost projection of
the rump and from the withers to the ground, the Shorthair is
permissibly either square or slightly longer than he is tall.
Substance--thin and fine bones are by no means desirable in a dog which
must possess strength and be able to work over any type of terrain. The
main importance is not laid so much on the size of bone, but rather on
the bone being in proper proportion to the body. Bone structure too
heavy or too light is a fault. Tall and leggy dogs, dogs which are
ponderous because of excess substance, doggy bitches, and bitchy dogs
are to be faulted.
head is clean-cut, is neither too light nor too heavy, and is in proper
proportion to the body. The eyes are of medium size, full of
intelligence and expression, good-humored and yet radiating energy,
neither protruding nor sunken. The eye is almond shaped, not circular.
The preferred color is dark brown. Light yellow eyes are not desirable
and are a fault. Closely set eyes are to be faulted. China or wall eyes
are to be disqualified. The ears are broad and set fairly high, lie
flat and never hang away from the head. Their placement is just above
eye level. The ears when laid in front without being pulled, should
extend to the corner of the mouth. In the case of heavier dogs, the
ears are correspondingly longer. Ears too long or fleshy are to be
faulted. The skull is reasonably broad, arched on the side and slightly
round on top. Unlike the Pointer, the median line between the eyes at
the forehead is not too deep and the occipital bone is not very
conspicuous. The foreface rises gradually from nose to forehead. The
rise is more strongly pronounced in the dog than in the bitch. The jaw
is powerful and the muscles well developed. The line to the forehead
rises gradually and never has a definite stop as that of the Pointer,
but rather a stop-effect when viewed from the side, due to the position
of the eyebrows. The muzzle is sufficiently long to enable the dog to
seize game properly and be able to carry it for a long time. A pointed
muzzle is not desirable. The depth is in the right proportion to the
length, both in the muzzle and in the skull proper. The length of the
muzzle should equal the length of skull. A dish-shaped muzzle is a
fault. A definite Pointer stop is a serious fault. Too many wrinkles in
the forehead is a fault. The nose is brown, the larger the better, and
with nostrils well opened and broad. A spotted nose is not desirable. A
flesh colored nose disqualifies. The chops fall away from the somewhat
projecting nose. Lips are full and deep yet are never flewy. The teeth
are strong and healthy. The molars intermesh properly. The bite is a
true scissors bite. A perfect level bite is not desirable and must be
penalized. Extreme overshot or undershot disqualifies.
Neck, Topline, Body
neck is of proper length to permit the jaws reaching game to be
retrieved, sloping downwards on beautifully curving lines. The nape is
rather muscular, becoming gradually larger toward the shoulders.
Moderate throatiness is permitted. The skin is close and tight. The
chest in general gives the impression of depth rather than breadth; for
all that, it is in correct proportion to the other parts of the body.
The chest reaches down to the elbows, the ribs forming the thorax show
a rib spring and are not flat or slabsided; they are not perfectly
round or barrel-shaped. The back ribs reach well down. The
circumference of the thorax immediately behind the elbows is smaller
than that of the thorax about a hand's breadth behind elbows, so that
the upper arm has room for movement. Tuck-up is apparent. The back is
short, strong, and straight with a slight rise from the root of the
tail to the withers. The loin is strong, is of moderate length, and is
slightly arched. An excessively long, roached or swayed back must be
penalized. The hips are broad with hip sockets wide apart and fall
slightly toward the tail in a graceful curve. A steep croup is a fault.
The tail is set high and firm, and must be docked, leaving
approximately 40% of its length. The tail hangs down when the dog is
quiet and is held horizontally when he is walking. The tail must never
be curved over the back toward the head when the dog is moving. A tail
curved or bent toward the head is to be severely penalized.
shoulders are sloping, movable, and well covered with muscle. The
shoulder blades lie flat and are well laid back nearing a 45 degree
angle. The upper arm (the bones between the shoulder and elbow joint)
is as long as possible, standing away somewhat from the trunk so that
the straight and closely muscled legs, when viewed from the front,
appear to be parallel. Elbows which stand away from the body or are too
close result in toes turning inwards or outwards and must be faulted.
Pasterns are strong, short and nearly vertical with a slight spring.
Loose, short-bladed or straight shoulders must be faulted. Knuckling
over is to be faulted. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be removed. The
feet are compact, close-knit and round to spoon-shaped. The toes are
sufficiently arched and heavily nailed. The pads are strong, hard and
are strong and well muscled. Stifles are well bent. Hock joints are
well angulated and strong with straight bone structure from hock to
pad. Angulation of both stifle and hock joint is such as to achieve the
optimal balance of drive and traction. Hocks turn neither in nor out.
Cowhocked legs are a serious fault.
The hair is short and thick and feels tough to the hand; it is somewhat
longer on the underside of the tail and the back edges of the haunches.
The hair is softer, thinner and shorter on the ears and the head. Any
dog with long hair in the body coat is to be severely penalized.
The coat may be of solid liver or a combination of liver and white such
as liver and white ticked, liver patched and white ticked, or liver
roan. A dog with any area of black, red, orange, lemon or tan, or a dog
solid white will be disqualified.
smooth lithe gait is essential. It is to be noted that as gait
increases from the walk to a faster speed, the legs converge beneath
the body. The tendency to single track is desirable. The forelegs reach
well ahead as if to pull in the ground without giving the appearance of
a hackney gait. The hindquarters drive the back legs smoothly and with
Shorthair is friendly, intelligent, and willing to please. The first
impression is that of a keen enthusiasm for work without indication of
nervous or flightly character.
or wall eyes. Flesh colored nose. Extreme overshot or undershot. A dog
with any area of black, red, orange, lemon, or tan, or a dog solid
Approved August 11, 1992
Effective September 30, 1992