Now, the GSP is a versatile, all-purpose hunter and its appearance and build reflect that. Their head is clean cut, fairly slender for a dog of its size, with front facing, intelligent eyes. Interestingly, they don’t have round eyes but almond shaped. And whilst they can have light brown and even seemingly golden eyes, the Breed Standard calls for dark brown.
Their ears are wide, sleek and smooth and hang below the jaw. This comes from their scent hound ancestors, their ears will trail the floor whilst they are following a track, picking up as many smells as possible!
They have a powerful jaw and well-developed muscles. Adding to this is their comparatively long muzzle. This is what enables them to capture game and carry it for a good distance out on a hunt. Along with that, their teeth should come together in a unform ‘scissor’ movement, meaning their grip can be gentle enough to hold onto game without fear of dropping it. This breed is not known to commonly suffer with either under or over bites, which is not by chance. A hunting dog with a faulty bite wouldn’t be of much use!
And now for maybe their most important feature, their nose! A large nose, with broad and well-opened nostrils is the most desirable for this breed. It is literally built into their genes to hunt and track. It’s what has made them so popular as track and trace dogs for narcotics, explosives ect.
The male GSP should stand tall and proud at 23-25 inches at the shoulders and weigh up to 30kg! The females are only slightly smaller at around 21-23 inches and up to 25kg. Of course, these are guide weights, it is up to you as the owner along with your vet to determine what is a healthy weight for your dog!
They are an athletic dog, with a large-barrelled chest, powerful hind quarters and a typically docked tail. Whilst they do naturally have long, slender tails, they’re commonly docked for working purposes.
They have long forelegs that attach to muscular shoulders. Their side profile is elegant to look, they have a slight slope in the back to their hindquarters.
Their rumps and hindlegs are pure power, with extremely muscular thighs. Again, for their size, they will be long but not gangly to look at.
Also, their feet are neat but large, with tough pads to protect them from whatever terrain they find themselves in.
Just everything about this dog oozes power, elegance and athleticism. Be prepared for the upkeep of this impressive physique, they’ll walk for hours in all weathers, across all terrains!
With the Shorthaired type of Pointer, their coat is short, smooth to touch yet coarse to help protect their skin. Around the head, the underside of the neck and the ears, the fur is softer to the touch. The typical colour of the coat is a combination of liver and white or black and white. It’s common for their bodies to be predominantly speckled with a solid liver head, feet and a patch at the base of their tail. An overall solid liver colour is also recognised in the official Breed Standard. The Wirehaired type are of the same colours and markings but in most cases, sport an impressive moustache and shaggier appearance!
To recap this beautiful dog, they’re athletic, elegant and sure footed. They are alert, with bright eyes and a keen nose. And their coat is of a stunning speckled design. As aesthetically pleasing as they are, these dogs are one of the most functional breeds out there. There is a reason they have been one of the most popular hunting breeds since the 1800s!
It is important to remember that educating yourself on why a dog looks the way it does can be a good indication of the type of pet you’ll receive. Sometimes being ‘cute’ isn’t always the best reason to settle on a breed!