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German Shorthaired Pointer

This breed was created to be an excellent pointer with a good nose and is able to retrieve birds as well as animals. Initially it was thought that a cross between a Spanish Pointer and a Hannover Hound would showcase these abilities well, however the breed tended to bay when trailing. Because of this, crosses were tried with the Bloodhound, the Foxhound and various French hounds until breeding with the English Pointer resulted in a dog that appeared perfect yet, at times, tended to have an aversion to water and disliked tracking. Through continuous breeding these unwanted traits were eliminated and the German Shorthaired Pointer became a lean, athletic and responsive breed. In 1872 the breed was first registered with the German Kennel Club.
Genetic Diseases that can be tested for:

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von Willerbrand Disease Type 2

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Cone Degeneration

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Please be aware that other genetic diseases or developmental abnormalities may still be present. A genetic test does not replace the need for ongoing clinical assessment by a veterinarian. Disease penetrance and clinical assessment of affected animals can only be performed by a qualified veterinarian.

Disease Statistics provided by breed club health committies and member bodies