Pointers are thought to originate in Spain, from whence they were exported to England, and now world wide. In South Africa, the German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) became popular for its hunting abilities.
German Short-Haired Pointer (GSP) Breeders in South Africa.
Pointers are thought to originate in Spain, from where they were exported to England. English breeders crossed them with a variety of other breeds e.g. greyhound, foxhound, and setter. This crossbreeding improved the hunting and scenting abilities of the Pointer. Today Pointers make excellent hunters of game birds. Many birds nest or feed on the ground and have camouflage which is difficult to spot. The Pointer is able to find them and stands stock still, his short tail standing in line with his body, and "points" to the birds with his eyes. He can be trained not to kill the birds. The hunter shoots them and the Pointer retrieves them.
Above, GSP belonging to
About German shorthaired pointers
German shorthaired pointers are a product of various crosses between
the old Spanish Pointer, the German Bloodhound and English and Black
Pointers. From the 17th Century, German breeders strove to produce a dog with greater speed,
more physical attractiveness, nose improvement and a long attention-span. The
resulting German Short-haired Pointer today is a keen, energetic worker. The tail is docked at
one-third it's length. This creates a trim appearance, prevents injury in
getting in or out of vehicles and prevents the bloody sores a dog of
tail motion can attract. The Short-haired Pointer enjoys a day at the lake,
helping to retrieve water fowl.
Colour: brown and white, black and white, or solid brown or black. Mottled spots are common.
Height at shoulder: dogs 58 - 64 cms, bitches 53 - 59 cms.
Above: Gretchen belongs to H. Tade He is surprised at how astute this dog is, and how little training she required. At 12 weeks she was hunting and retrieving birds with him.
Above: Velda of Gundalf in the show ring. A German short haired pointer with owner L. Bosch, South Africa
German Wire-haired Pointers have long, rough coats, shaggy eye-brows and beards.
English Pointer. The "Pointer" is sometimes referred to as "English Pointer" to differentiate him from the German Pointer. His correct name is "Pointer." He is bigger than the German Pointer. Height dogs 63 - 69 cms at shoulder, bitches 61 - 66 cms. The most common colour is lemon and white, but any colour is acceptable. They are large dogs and need lots of space for exercise.
Brittany gun dogs used to be called Brittany spaniels. They enjoy hunting for, pointing at, and retrieving game.
Brittany is a province of north west France.
The Brittany dog has a short, wavy coat which is easy to keep. They make happy, energetic companions who love to go out for walks in the wilds.
They come in a variety of colours.
Height: dogs 48 - 50 cm at shoulder
Bitches: 47 - 49 cm.
Class: gun dog
A Brittany puppy
Ch Dodd’s Luke of Reve Du Chasseur (liver and white)
The French name "reve du chasseur" means "hunter's dream."
Dodd’s Jack of Reve Du Chasseur ( Orange and white)
This Brittany belongs to R. Dodds of South Africa
A similar hunting dog is the Hungarian Vizla.
As the pointer "points" people towards what they are hunting for, let's use our work and conversation to "point" people to Jesus! People are hunting for something!
A quote from the Bible: "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus!" Hebrews chapter 12 verse 2
Xena has taken the concept of "pointing" to a whole new level!
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