The GSP’s exemplary scenting ability and powerful endurance make him a highly coveted versatile hunting dog. He is a pointing bird dog, used to hunt all manner of upland game: quail, pheasant, grouse, chukkar. He is a natural retriever on land and water. With his water-repellent coat and webbed feet he makes a wonderful duck dog. He is descended from German tracking hounds and that trait still shows in his keen ability to trail a scent. GSPs are also used to hunt rabbits, raccoons and opossum, and to trail and handle deer.
GSPs in AKC Pointing Breed Hunting Tests
AKC hunting tests measure dogs against a set standard instead of a competition between dogs as in Field Trials. Dogs are tested at three different levels: Junior (JH), Senior (SH) and Master (MH). A dog must receive a certain number of passing scores to earn a title for that level. A dog is not required to title at a certain level before being allowed to test at a higher
The German Shorthaired Pointer excels in AKC’s “Companion Events” — the events open to all breeds of dogs. GSPs have proven themselves with champions in Obedience (Obedience Title Champion — OTCH), Agility (Master Agility Champion — MACH), and Tracking (Champion Tracker — CT), but can be found succeeding at all levels of competition. The companion events include Obedience, Rally, Agility, and Tracking. AKC also offers a non-titling temperament certification where a dog can earn it’s Canine Good Citizen, or CGC, certificate.
The GSP is a high energy dog with excellent drive. Although hunting is the purpose and love of this breed, many GSPs and their owners have found fun and satisfaction in the teamwork, training, and competition in these competition areas. Many National Specialty Shows offer one or all of these events, and some local GSP clubs also will host obedience, rally, and agility trials.