German pointers versatile in the fields , By SUSAN JEFFRIES Courier-Journal Dog Wrlttr ' The German Shorthaired Pointer is one of America's favorite sporting dogs. !!,The breed's elegant style, expertise in the ; field and adaptability have helped it be-" come one of the top thirty breeds recog-; nLzed by the American Kennel Club, with around 14,000 annual registrations. " The Shorthalr is a fairly modern dog, developed in Germany in the late 1800's probably from crosses of German Pointers, Spanish Pointer types and certain hounds. The AKC recognized Shorthalrs In 1930. The first national specialty was held 11 years later, followed by the club's first field trial in 1944. '. Versatility is the main reason for the breed's popularity today. As a hunting dog, it can successfully work various creatures, from pheasant to rabbit. It's an efficient dry and wet retriever with great powers of endurance. The dog is exceptionally intelligent and easily trained. ."Yet, the Shorthair is a gentle, loving family pet, always eager to please. The breed's stable temperament permits it to adapt quickly from field worker to house dog. It's a fine watchdog, although it has no Inclination toward viciousness. The Part of a series on popular breeds. Next Shlh Tzus on Dec. 11. Shorthair's keen ear and nose, combined with good size and a loud bark, are enough to ward off most intruders. It's a natural protector and devoted, patient companion for children. While It's not an apartment dog, the Shorthair does very well in a home with a fenced-in yard. It should never be chained or tied. As in any large breed, the Shorthair needs basic obedience training as a young puppy to assure a well-behaved, mannerly dog as it matures. The Shorthair has an active mind ! ? 4 '''' Champion Huntabird's Jobless Joe owned by Patti Lohr of Scottsburg, breeds recognized by the American and craves human contact. If it's left outside unattended for long periods of time, it will naturally bark, dig, cjimb, jump or find some other diversion to relieve its boredom. Staff photo by Michaol Coort is a German Shorthaired Pointer Ind. The Pointer is one of the top 30 Kennel Club. The official standard calls for an "aristocratic, well-balanced, symmetrical animal with conformation indicating power, endurance and agility and a look of intelligence and animation." For the most part, the Shorthair has escaped the perils of overbreeding that have ruined many of our favorite breeds. Most dogs bred by knowledgeable, reputable hobby breeders are sound in mind and body. A well-bred puppy from champion bloodlines costs $150 to $200. Stud fees are in the same range. Because of conscientious breeding, Shorthairs are relatively free of inherited health problems. Hip dysplasia is present; but it's not prevalent. Eye problems are practically non-existent. The well-proportioned body of the Shorthair with nothing overdone has resulted in bitches that are usually free whelpers. A normal size litter consists of six to eight puppies. Tails are docked and dew claws removed when puppies are three or four days old. A German Shorthaired Pointer club has recently been organized in Lexington, and its members are active in conformation showing, training for the field and obedience competition. A field trial is planned Dec. 18 at the Lloyd Conservation Area in Crittenden, Ky., south of Covington. Judging starts at 10 a.m. Steve Yahnig, 2704 Wendell Ave., Louisville, is vice president of the club. RECENT WINS-Scherry Star Susie UD, a Border Collie owned and handled by Mary Somerville, won her 20th high in trial award at the Greater Louisville Training Club trial. Susie's score was 199 from Open B. Barbara Selby's Weimara- ner, Shannondale's Brawny Lad, completed championship requirements at the Louisville all-breed show.