The GSP : Fine German Engineering
Like all German designs, the GSP (German Shorthaired Pointer) is a fine-tuned, versatile all-purpose gundog. Dating back to mid-19th century Germany, breeders set out to deliberately create a dog so versatile that it would hunt all species of upland gamebirds and waterfowl as well as all other kinds of small game. In addition, this all-around canine would also scent and track big game such as wild boar and wounded deer and find and dispatch predators like fox and feral cats when necessary. The breed was 'improved' by multiple infusions of foreign gun dogs, particularly the English pointer and possibly the English setter. By the late 1930's the breed is how we know it today in both form and function.
One of the more energetic breeds, the GSP is a hunting dog by nature; protective, clever and willing to please. The dog intentionally has lots of natural prey drive, point and retrieve and hunts early in their lives. Though they have a strong 'working' side, they are great house dogs, notoriously goofy with a tendency to think they are lapdogs.