German Dog Breeds: Der Deutsche Kurzhaar-Vorstehhund. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium to large dog developed in the 19th century for hunting. It’s a versatile hunter, suitable for both land and water. The breed is streamlined yet powerful with strong legs that make it able to move rapidly and turn quickly. It was developed to be a dog suited for family life as well as hunting. Their temperament is that of an intelligent, bold, boisterous, eccentric, and affectionate dog that is cooperative and easily trained. They’re smart, friendly, willing, and enthusiastic. They’re also usually good with children, although care should be taken as they can be boisterous, especially when young. These dogs love interaction with humans and are suitable pets for active families who will give them an outlet for their considerable energy; they must be avidly run multiple times a week.