This handsome hunter owes its popularity to its versatility, power, and enthusiasm in the field and beyond. They are an all-purpose gun dog, able to trail, point and retrieve, and are proficient hunters of all manner of game. While their origins are somewhat hazy, it is generally agreed that they came about through crosses of the German Bird Dog with various local scent hounds and track and trail dogs. Later, the English Pointer was introduced to add cleaner lines, aristocratic looks, and stable temperament. German Shorthaired Pointers are a great addition to active family that appreciates their intelligence, joviality, and high energy levels. They are an alert, vocal breed that makes a good watch dog and are quite adaptable to various living situations as long as their great need for daily exercise is met. Their short coats shed but grooming needs are minimal.