||A Short History
In a little less than 100 years the transition from the plump,
cumbersome archetype to the present noble appearance has taken
place. The breed’s particular assets are a far reaching nose,
impressive, firm pointing, willingness to track down,
retrieving, following blood scent, toughness, endurance and
passion for water hunting. All of these attributes are
absolutely set in stone by the breeders. The breeders of our
versatile hunting dog have made an enormous contribution to
today’s appearance of the Deutsch-Kurzhaar through close
observation of the hunting specifications as well as their
knowledge and experience. They were supported by the founders
and the club presidents in their efforts to achieve the best
possible results. With diligence and German thoroughness they
jointly helped the Deutsch-Kurzhaar acquire today’s
significance. In Germany the Deutsch-Kurzhaar is the most
common versatile hunting dog next to the Deutsch-Drahthaar.
A downright enthusiastic upward trend can be observed not only
in Europe, but far beyond the borders of Germany. The DK
thrives on its growing popularity on all continents. The
yearly test statistics in the German Versatile Dog Registry of
the JGHV e.V. clearly substantiate that the DK achieves
excellent results in comparison to all other pointing breeds.
In relation to the registered whelps the Deutsch-Kurzhaar
almost always is at the peak of accomplishment with its
wide-ranged performance spectrum.
The Ancestors of the
Through literary sources we know that the ancestors of the
Deutsch-Kurzhaar can not exclusively be found among the Old German
lead dogs, bloodhounds, scent hounds, hunting dogs and further native
breeds. These dogs were specialized in attacking and bringing game to
bay The history of the Deutsch-Kurzhaar begins with the dogs that were
used to point birds in order net them – especially in the
Mediterranean countries and by falconry hunting. The pointing dog came
to the German courts via France, Spain and Flanders. These dog’s
most important attribute was their pointing capability. After the
double-barrelled shotgun was invented in 1750 there was an even
greater need for a pointing dog. As of then, birds were shot in flight.
From the Pointer to the Versatile
Due to Napoleon’s conquest over the feudal system the hunting of
small game became accessible for various social levels. That was the
beginning of the transition from the mere pointer to the
multi-talented all purpose gundog. Hektor I (Stammb. Kurzhaar, Volume
I, born 1872) may be referred to as the ancestor of our
Deutsch-Kurzhaar, although his type was far away from today’s
Kurzhaar. For the most part, they were heavier, often had throat skin
or a sway back, ectropion or soft paws. As a result they were slower
and calmer workers, but they were already highly efficient and most of
them were good retrievers.
In relatively short time our DK-breeders have formed the type of our
present dogs out of Hektor I. The standards, as described in the
Standard Deutsch-Kurzhaar, have been achieved in all blood lines. The
over-all appearance is noble and harmonious, the exterior guarantees
endurance, power and speed. This expresses itself through the noblesse
of the over-all appearance, the flowing side lines, dry head, well
carried tail and the taut, shining coat. DK-breeders offer hunters the
Deutsch-Kurzhaar under the motto: noble, versatile, reliable,
easy to groom.
Brown-Tigered-Club to the Klub Kurzhaar
The Brown-Tigered-Club that war founded in 1880 and already
changed the club name to "Kurzhaar Berlin" in 1891.
34 Deutsch-Kurzhaar clubs in Germany and one club each in the
USA, Canada and Belgium have emerged out of the original first
club "Kurzhaar Berlin".
One foreign club, Switzerland, is an associated members. The
Deutsch-Kurzhaar-Verband has an alliance with 29 further
countries which are members in the World Union
Deutsch-Kurzhaar, founded in 1991. The clubs in the
Deutsch-Kurzhaar-Verband e. V. have more than 6,400 members.
The Deutsch-Kurzhaar-Verband e. V. is a member of the JGHV
(Jagdgebrauchshundverband e. V.) and the VDH
(Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen und participates in the
tests. The Deutsch-Kurzhaar-Verband e. V. is the second
largest versatile hunting dog breeding organisation in
Germany. About 1,400 whelps are registered each year in the
stud book DK. The "Zuchtbuch-Deutsch-Kurzhaar",
which has been published since 1897, is the ultimate reference
about the structure and the development of the breed. The
Deutsch-Kurzhaar-Verband e. V. has been working with
electronic data processing for many years. Each pedigree
includes five parental generations including all of their
acquired test and show results.
All members get the official publication
"Kurzhaar-Blätter" quarterly free of charge.
- Characteristics and
||Our ancestors wanted to breed
and develop a dog to fulfil versatile hunting requirements.
The market continually requested an "improved" dog
which gradually lead to the improved type and
performance-related exterior. The validity of the thesis is
confirmed by the fact that other hunting dog breeds have
crossed in Deutsch-Kurzhaar. The reason for that was to
promote the performance range, and to embed assertiveness,
character, elegance, excellent pointing manners, water passion
and a keen nose.
The Deutsch-Kurzhaar is popular in all colours from solid-coloured
brown to brown ticked and black ticked and even solid-coloured black
as well as all combinations in between. The short, thick hair is easy
The house and car are soiled less than by a
long-haired dog. The dog is dry faster after working in the water.
The "Standard Deutsch-Kurzhaar"
describes the ideal versatile hunting dog. That enables him to fulfil
the hunting requirements up to an old age. The responsible people in
our umbrella organisation, the presidents and breed wardens of the
member clubs have mission to maintain and improve the high standard in
performance and conformation and to cultivate the characteristics that
emphasize the advantages of Deutsch-Kurzhaar compared to other breeds.
The breeder’s goal of a versatile hunting dog whose performance
for work after the shot is at least as good as of all other versatile
hunting dog breeds, but whose work before the shot (excellent search,
impressive pointing and fine manners in front of game) exalts him, has
been reached to a great extent.