One of the things I like about German Shorthair Pointers is their sleek coat. No, it doesn’t do much for going into the water on cool days. All five of my shorthairs like swimming but as soon as the temperature drops they put their toes in the water and say no way. It does help locating ticks and doesn’t attract burrs but it also doesn’t protect as well from the cold.
Dog coats have their plus and minuses but what I like the most about my dogs coats is how they show off the individual muscle groups. Most of our hunting dogs have those muscles that help in their individual activities but we can’t appreciate them because the coat covers them up.
While cutting wood today, Grady kept sneaking up on some neighboring tame geese. There was a fence protecting them. By the time I had decided to get the camera and film him some of the intensity had gone away. Still this short clip shows what great athletes our canine partners are.
Remember, they truly are athletes and we need to feed them and keep them exercised as such even during the off season. Just another excuse to be out on the mountain.