The Deutsch-Kurzhaar was developed in Germany, bred as a versatile hunting dog for all aspects of hunting: field, forest and water. The breed adheres to a strict system of ability testing and breeding controls set by the Deutsch Kurzhaar Verband (DKV) under the motto: noble, versatile, reliable, easy to groom. The Deutsch-Kurzhaar breed is known for its incredible endurance in the field, as well as the ability to focus and quickly adapt as needed in pursuit of game. They will point upland birds and track furred game, while displaying a strong desire to retrieve on land and in water.
The Deutsch-Kurzhaar is medium-large hunting breed that is athletic in appearance, with a deep chest, short angled top-line and muscular build. The short, thick hair is easy to groom with coat colors consisting of combinations of brown, black and white, including: solid brown; solid black; and varying roan and ticked combinations such as brown-ticked or black-ticked. The coat dries quickly and feels slightly coarse. The Deutsch-Kurzhaar’s head is well shaped with robust forehead and a strong snout.
Height for males varies from 24.4 to 25.9 inches from the ground to the shoulders, with weight usually ranging between 65 and 75 pounds. Height for females varies from 22.8 to 24.8 inches from the ground to the shoulders, with weight usually ranging between 58 and 68 pounds.
The Deutsch-Kurzhaar has a calm, animated temperament, and possesses excellent speed and natural hunting instincts. Their intelligence, strong desire and endurance enable them to successfully perform any hunting task required. They are very loyal breed, with a strong, innate desire to please their handler, making them an excellent family and hunting companions provided they are kept active. Because of their intense drive to hunt, Deutsch-Kurzhaars must be exercised regularly, and are not recommended for non-hunting families.
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The Deutsch-Kurzhaar breed (The English translation of Deutsch-Kurzhaar is German Shorthair) was likely established in Germany sometime between the 18th and 19th century.