History of the Deutsch Kurzhaar
information presented here is a brief summary of
generally accepted historical data about the hunting
Deutsch Kurzhaar (DK), its origin and its purpose. As
with any historical compilation some important facts
have undoubtedly been lost over time and some
information has been left to subjective interpretation.
There are numerous publications available that describe
the events that evolved the DK. We suggest that those
who are interested in the colorful history of this
versatile breed evaluate as much published information
as possible in order to further understand this
incredible versatile hunting dog.
a product of two major events that helped shape the late
18th century and early 19th century hunting environment
in Europe and Germany:
First, the advent of the shotgun in 1750 brought to
the forefront the idea of owning a hunting dog that
could both locate and retrieve game of all types and
made its production a necessity.
Secondly, hunting privileges that were formerly
reserved only for those of wealth and/or nobility
became available to those of lower social and
economic status, i.e. the common man.
well accepted by ethical hunters of the time that no
good person would leave dead or wounded game to waste;
thus a well rounded versatile hunting dog was desired.
Though wealth was no longer a factor regarding a persons
right to hunt, keeping several dogs, each with its own
hunting expertise, was a costly proposition for the
regular foot hunter. That considered, the idea of owning
one well rounded (Versatile) hunting companion emerged.
To that end many creative breeding strategies ensued.
origin of the DK breed, as with all other dogs with
pointing skills, included the ancient Spanish pointer.
It is also widely accepted that some form of blood
tracking hound played a significant role in the outcome.
Some form of Saint Huberts Hound is widely
considered the most likely contributor.
Additionally, the Hubertus Brachen and English Pointer
have been mentioned along with other unnamed European
blood tracking and pointing breeds of the time.
Information is sketchy and opinions weighted with
nationalism and rumor. Suffice it to say that several
different ingredients eventually made it into the pot in
an effort to produce the right combination of genes.
time, by selective skilled breedings the ingredients
were eventually honed into a single form; the Deutsch
Kurzhaar. The early aspirations of the common German
foot hunter to construct an all around family oriented
versatile dog had finally come to fruition. The Germans
desired a utility
hunting companion that could locate and bring to hand,
furred or feathered game from land or water, had the
ability and the courage to dispatch predators, and when
requested, the skill and instinct necessary to follow
the blood trail of wounded game. The versatility and
good temperament of the DK is well known by serious
hunters. Over the years DK blood has been used to
enhance the development of other versatile hunting
breeders and owners of the German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP)
fallaciously refer to their breed as Deutsch Kurzhaar.
In fact there is little doubt that there are significant
differences in breed standard and most importantly, the
measurement of hunting aptitude. The GSP has been bred
without regulation or restriction since its introduction
to North America in the 1920’s; especially with respect
to performance testing designed to improve the ability
of the versatile Deutsch Kurzhaar. Now approaching the
century mark of unrestricted breeding and no versatile
performance standards, the (GSP) has evolved into a
distinctly different breed.
today has emerged as one of the worlds premier versatile
hunting dogs. It is the completed manifestation of those
ideals inspired by the necessity of the German foot
hunter to own and hunt with one versatile dog. The
culmination is a dog
well mannered in the home with the children and
capable in the field, in the woods or in the water.
trained DK can seamlessly fill a day by retrieving
downed waterfowl from a cold pond at the crack of dawn,
pointing and retrieving birds in the afternoon, finding
and retrieving furred game shot on the way home. After
all of that
following the blood track of wounded big game in the
dark that evening.
The Deutsch Kurzhaar is
of calm, stable temperament, possesses the instincts,
courage, desire, athleticism, durability and
endurance that enable it to successfully perform any
hunting task required. It is animated, extremely alert
and fully conscious of the surroundings.
The DK is athletic in appearance, symmetrical and well
proportioned. It projects the appearance of controlled
agility and power. The DKs endurance in the field is
reflected in form by its deep chest, short angled top
line and muscular build. The DKs head is conspicuously
noble in appearance yet gender is easily discernable.
The eyes are brown and dark, set in a stop-less
forehead. The coat is short and thick and its texture
feels slightly coarse to the hand.
consist of combinations of brown, black and white. They
include solid brown (braun), solid black (schwarz),
varying roan and ticked combinations including liver
ticked (braunshimmel) or black ticked (schwarzshimmel).
The DK is
a medium sized dog and at the withers, males ranging
from 62-66 centimeters and females ranging from 58-63
centimeters. The DK is endowed with a strong will and
considerable prey drive thus needs a well structured
consistent training regiment in order to keep him busy
and contented. He is loyal and loving and desired to be
with his master and family, exhibiting an innate desire