From the NADKC: Midway through the nineteenth century, hunting in Germany, and in Europe overall, ceased to be the exclusive province of the wealthy landowner. As a result, a need arose for a true versatile utility hunting dog—a jack-of-all-trades that could perform many tasks for the average hunter. A breed was desired that would take the place of kennels full of “specialist” breeds, such as hounds, retrievers, and pointers. To this end, German hunters tried for years to develop a single versatile breed that would find and point upland game and small furred game, retrieve all shot game from both land and water, and function perfectly as a tracker of wounded big game in the forest, as well. These needs sparked the development of the Deutsch Kurzhaar. To learn more about the Deutsch Kurzhaar click