The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium to large sized breed of dog developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting. A versatile hunting breed, being an all-purpose gun breed of dog suitable for both land and water, it is streamlined yet powerful with strong legs that make it able to move rapidly and turn quickly. It has moderately long floppy ears set high on the head. Its muzzle is long, broad, and strong, allowing it to retrieve even heavy game. The dog's profile should be straight or strongly Roman nosed; any dished appearance to the profile is incorrect. The eyes are generally brown, with darker eyes being desirable; yellow or "bird of prey" eyes are a fault. The tail is commonly docked, although this is now prohibited in some countries. In the current breed standard the tail is docked at approximately 40% of its length before it curves. In competition the dog is penalized if the tail is curved either up or down while the dog is moving. When the GSP is in classic point stance, the tail should be held straight out from the body, forming a line with the pointing head and body. Like all German pointers, they have webbed feet. They are known for going after water fowl in the water.
Tobias Vom Trochen Bach is a Dual Champion coming from the famous "Hege - Haus" Bloodline. He was born and grown in an all hunters family. He is a large 83 pounds male with an immaculate nose. He can sense the pray from a mile even if the wind is blowing against or across him. Many times he made the impossible - possible in very tough hunting situations!
Hege - Haus (1936-2005) Short History
Karin Stramann (1925-2004), the daughter of the kennel founder included a short history of the kennel in the fancy booklet "Schoenheit und Leistung" that she offered to the guests of a private show that took place in 1984 at the kennel grounds.
Most of the following information is based on this booklet. Dr. Hegemann (1887-1982), the kennel founder used to breed Deutsch Drahthaar and Kleiner Musterlander before starting with the Deutsch Kurzhaar.
The hunting performances were the main criteria of breeding and selection, as Dr. Hegemann was a passionate and dedicated hunter until the last moment of his life.
He used to keep notes about the dogs, like "too small; too boisterous; not sharp; killed too late; little enthusiasm to trail scent and conformation only just OK".
Gun-shy dogs never returned from hunting (Stramann, 1984). Dr. Hegemann trained and lead his KS Bodo vom Hege-Haus to the first Kleemann Pruefung, that took place in 1939. Frau Stramann wrote "Bodo was the foundation male of Hege-Haus kennel".
In spite of the devastation wrought to the breed by the World War II, the Hege-Haus bloodline continued through the sons and grandsons of KS Bodo vom Hege-Haus.
The purchase of Adda vom Wasserschling, who harmonised very well with the Hege-Haus males, provided the kennel with a "motherline" which has been followed by Frau Stramann ever since.
She wrote "Hege-Haus and Wasserschling obviously harmonised". WS Ciro vom Bichtelwald was purchased by the Stramanns to improve the heads and hindquarters of the inbred Hege-Haus dogs.
The acquisition was more than justified as he proved to be a superb producer, not just for Hege-Haus and Niestetal (the kennel name Wilhelm Stramann had purchased in 1970), but also for many breeders throughout Germany.
This enumeration of dog names may be boring, but they were some of the most important producers, that left their genetic fingerprint over the entire Deutsch Kurzhaar stock of our days. There is no exam like the IKP or Dr. Kleemann where the names of Ciro and other important Hege-Haus dogs aren't mentioned by breeders and breed enthusiasts.
In 1966, Dr. Emil Hegemann produced his last litter (the "R" litter), afterwards his work being continued by his daughter.
During its activity, the kennel produced 855 dogs, 84 of them becoming Kurzhaar Siegers. The kennel's activity ended in December 2004, with the death of Frau Karin Stramann, the last litter being born shortly after her death, at the beginning of 2005.
Trying to end with a suggestive comparison, Hege-Haus is for the Deutsch Kurzhaar the equivalent of Mercedes for the automotive industry.
Loving and friendly character. Agile hunter with great instincts. Devoted and caring mother. Her German bloodline has many international champions.
Outstanding hunter with exceptional drive and abilities. More serious character. Very protective mother. Extreme nose and sense of smell. Can't miss rabbit or bird. Good guard dog as well.