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Top 10 Hunting-dog Breeds

German Shorthaired Pointer
Pointers are equally as good in the water as on the sand.
Pointers are equally as good in the water as on the sand.
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Known for their versatility in the field, German shorthaired pointers work equally well on land and in water. While they're best known as bird dogs, they make skilled trackers of land mammals like raccoons, opossum and deer. Highly intelligent, the pointers are also obedient and easy to train.

Ranging in size from 55 to 70 pounds (25 to 32 kilograms)and 23 to 25 inches (58 to 64 centimeters)tall at the shoulder, the pointer's athleticism is apparent as it bounds far ahead of the hunter to locate prey. Considered to have the best scenting ability of all the bird dogs, the German shorthaired pointer is another breed that doesn't flush, but freezes and points -- hence its name -- to tracked prey.

It should come as no surprise that the dog's likely origin comes from crossing some of the best hunting dogs, including the Spanish pointer, German scent hounds and other track and trail dogs.