Facts & Origin
History and origin
The German Shorthaired Sprointer, or German Shorthaired and English Springer Spaniel mix, is a hybrid dog created by crossing a German Shorthaired and an English Springer Spaniel. Both breeds are known for their excellent abilities as hunting dogs. The German Shorthair originated in Germany and served as a versatile hunting dog, while the English Springer Spaniel, as the name suggests, comes from England and is known for its tracking and retrieving abilities.
Suitability and attitude
With its active, high-energy personality, the German Shorthair and English Springer Spaniel mix is an ideal companion for active people or families. He loves physical activity and needs plenty of exercise. His hunting abilities make him an excellent working dog, but he also makes a loving family pet.
- Breed: German Shorthaired and English Springer Spaniel mix (German Shorthaired Sprointer)
- Size: 45 - 60 cm
- Weight: 20 - 30 kilogram
- Grooming: Low to medium, regular brushing recommended
- Health: Tendency to hip dysplasia, regular vet check-ups recommended
|Origin||Germany - UK|
|Life expectancy||12 - 14 years|
|Care requirements||low-maintenance - high-maintenance|
|Activity level||average to high|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Character and nature
The German Shorthaired Sprointer is known for his stamina, energy and clever mind. A loving family dog, he is very empathetic and affectionate towards his owners and bonds quickly. His need to please as well as his intelligence make him easily trainable and an excellent working dog. Patience and consistency are important when training this breed, however, as it can sometimes come with some stubbornness.
Activity Requirements and Health
The German Shorthaired Sprointer is an active dog that requires daily physical and mental stimulation. Activities such as running, swimming, and playing fetch can help meet his energy needs. Otherwise, they may be prone to destructive behaviors, such as excessive barking or chewing. Health-wise, these dogs are usually robust, but may be prone to genetic ailments of both parent breeds, such as hip dysplasia, eye problems, and heart disease.
Care and health
The German Shorthaired Sprointer has a short to medium length coat. Grooming of the coat is straightforward, with regular brushing helping to keep the coat clean and shiny. In terms of health, it is important to note that both parent breeds can be prone to hip dysplasia. Regular health examinations and a balanced diet are therefore important to ensure the dog's health. In addition, regular exercise and mental stimulation are essential for the animal, as it is naturally active and intelligent.
Breeding and purchase
As a mixed breed dog, the appearance and temperament of the German Shorthaired Sprointer can vary greatly. Therefore, when choosing a puppy, the reputation and experience of the breeder should undoubtedly be considered. Good breeders make a conscious effort to ensure the health and well-being of their animals and subject their breeding stock, prior to the breeding process, to extensive health testing. The size of an adult German Shorthaired Sprointer can be between 45 and 60 cm and the weight between 20 and 30 kilograms.
What does this mixed breed look like?
As with all mixed breed dogs, the German Shorthaired Sprointer can have different characteristics of both parent breeds. As a rule, he is a medium-sized dog with a strong, muscular build. His coat is usually short and smooth, but may also have characteristics of the wavy coat of the English Springer Spaniel.
These mixed breeds are affectionate, playful, intelligent and active dogs that require a lot of attention and training. They are usually recognized as good-natured family dogs.
This rare mixed breed can be obtained from reputable breeders or a rescue group or shelter.
This mixed breed needs at least 60-90 minutes of exercise daily in the form of walks, runs, fetch and other activities.
The price depends on his age, health and circumstances. As a rule, the price ranges from 500 to 1500 euros.
The German Shorthair (also GSP) is a hunting-oriented all-rounder with strong instincts and high endurance. The English Springer Spaniel is a passionate bird dog that requires a stable psyche and good training skills.