Hunt Point Retrieve Breeds

German shorthaired pointer

We take a look at one of the most popular HPR breeds, the German shorthaired pointer (GSP).

History: The earliest examples of German shorthaired pointers (GSPs) date back to the 17th century, but it is in the last 150 years that the breed has evolved into the highly capable, multipurpose hunting dog that it is today. Ancestors of the breed include Spanish, German and English pointers, and bloodhounds. When cross-bred, the result was a large, hound-like dog with an acute sense of smell that could be used effectively by a hunter on foot in search of all feathered and furred game....

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We take a look at another very popular German HPR breed, the weimaraner.

History of the weimaraner: Though examples of dogs very similar in appearance to the weimaraner are documented as far back as the 13th century, and a Van Dyck painting of a weimaraner-type dog dates back to the 1600s, it is widely regarded that the breed as we know it today was only truly established in the early 1800s by Karl August, Grand Duke of Weimar, and his court in East-Central Germany, hence the name. Developed for hunting deer, mountain lion, wolf and bear etc., weimaraners...

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A versatile Aristocrat

Author: Patrice Fellows

Patrice Fellows takes a closer look at the popular hunt, point, retrieve breed the Hungarian vizsla.

The Hungarian vizsla is the most popular hunt, point, retrieve (HPR) breed in Britain, and a national treasure in its homeland. With its noble bearing and eye-catching coat, this dog stands out in a crowd. It is lively, intelligent and biddable, both a keen worker and affectionate companion. But due to its high energy and somewhat complicated personality, the vizsla requires careful training and management to reach its full potential.   Medieval origins For centuries the vizsla was...

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