Breed Type: Hunting Dog/Gun Dog
Country of Origin: Germany
Also known as: Deutsche Langhaar Vorstehhund
Males Height: 60-70 cm
Weight: 30 kg
Females Height: 58-65 cm
Weight: 30 kg
Exercise Requirements: High
Care Requirements: Medium
Lifespan: 12-14 Years
Best Suited as: Hunting Dog/Family Pet
There are three types of German Pointers: the Shorthaired, the Wirehaired and the Longhaired. The least common is the German Longhaired Pointer who is an active hunting dog, often seen in pictures with prey in its mouth. This muscular but elegant dog can make a trusted pet but he is most comfortable when he is able to pursue his hunting instincts.
Appearance The German Longhaired Pointer is an athletic dog able to move with great speed and freedom. Their stride is long and free, with strong drive from the hindquarters, and good reach from the front. They are moderately boned with flowing lines and have webbed feet. They have a long, arched forehead and broad skull. Their muzzle is slightly arched and their teeth come to a scissor bite. With dark brown round eyes with close fitting lids, they have an alert and curious expression. The German Longhaired Pointer has a brown nose and their large floppy ears are medium set and turned forward. German Longhaired Pointers have a medium length coat, about 3 to 5 cm, with slightly longer feathering.They have a wavy, firm texture and a shiny sheen. They have a double coat, with the undercoat being dense. The coat color is dark brown and some may have white markings on their paws, chest, and muzzle. Some may also have large patches of solid brown fur on their head, ears, back, and tail.
History The German Longhaired Pointer originated in Germany and was first seen in a dog show in 1878. A year after, the breed standard for the German Longhaired Pointer was formalized. While German Pointers are related to each other, the longhaired variety is thought to have more spaniel blood. Since their beginning, they have been used as hunting dogs and are known for their excellent sense of smell and ability to search, point and track for many different types of prey. While the German Longhaired Pointers were originally not known for their speed, breeding them with English Pointers in the 1800’s has helped them gain more agility and swiftness.
This also helped the once more stubborn breed to become more friendly and steady. From the German Longhaired Pointer has come the Large Musterlander who is black and white (instead of brown and white). Since their early days, breeders have produced dogs that are competent both in the field and in the show ring.Five formidable stud dogs were used to develop the modern German Longhaired Pointer seen today. The German Long Haired Pointer was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006. They are also recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club.
Temperament The German Longhaired Pointer has been described as an active, affectionate, lively, gentle spirited and loyal. They are intelligent and easy to train. The German Long Haired Pointer can relax and unwind with their family but are ready to hunt and play on a moment’s notice. They enjoy being a part of any family that gives them plenty of attention and exercise. Without this proper attention, some are prone to separation anxiety. This breed is most happy when given a job to do. Unlike many other intelligent breeds that are said to have a mind of their own, the German Longhaired Pointer is much more eager to please and will stay on task when given a command.
Care and Grooming The German Longhaired Pointer is fairly low maintenance when it comes to grooming. They need to be brushed several times a week and the hair between the pads on their feet need to be trimmed occasionally. Because the German Longhaired Pointers ears are susceptible to infection, you should clean them often.
Health The German Longhaired Pointer has no known genetic diseases and are said to be a generally healthy breed. Some are prone to ear infections and hip dysplasia and they should get regular check-ups with their veterinarian.
Suitability as a Pet The high-spirited German Longhaired Pointer loves to play and can get along with well-behaved children. They do very well with other dog siblings and generally get along with most dogs they first meet. Loving and affectionate, this dog makes a great family pet for an active family. These extremely loyal pets thrive when they are allowed to be beside their owner, and should not be kept in a kennel. When not given the proper attention, they can become demanding and develop anxiety. The German Longhaired Pointer’s ideal owner is one that enjoys taking their pet on long walks and hikes due to their requirement for lots of daily exercise. They also love to swim. The best place to raise a German Longhaired Pointer is in a rural setting where they have plenty of space to play and potentially hunt. A German Longhaired Pointer is known to be one of the finest pointing breed in the world, and given the chance, they will prove this to you. Due to their intelligence, strong desire to work and athleticism, many German Longhair Pointer owners train them for field trials and agility contests.
German Pointer (Long-haired) – Long Haired German Pointer Organisations in Australia
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German Pointer (Long-haired) – Long Haired German Pointer Organisations in the UK
German Wirehaired Pointer Club
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