German Longhaired Pointer

Langhaar, Deutscher Langhaariger Vorstehhund

A beautiful canine specimen with superb qualities, the German Longhaired Pointer is still not well known or very widespread, even in Germany, despite his great aptitudes that can please any dog owner.

Height 58 to 70 cm
Weight 27 to 30 kg
Life expectancy 13 to 14 years
Home country Germany

Quick Overview of the German Longhaired Pointer

Temperament

  • Obedient
  • Shy, sometimes fearful
  • Faithful
  • Very sociable

Appearance

  • Strong, muscular constitution
  • Beautiful elegance
  • Very sporty and athletic physique
  • Rather robust silhouette

Health

  • Robust and solid
  • Generally healthy
  • No particular issue

Temperament of the German Longhaired Pointer

Obedient, shy, and sometimes even timid, restless, with a moderate, affectionate and pleasant temperament, he has an easy temperament.

He is loyal and obedient, and his education is generally unproblematic. He is also very sociable and compatible with children.

Efficient and with a very keen sense of smell when hunting, the German Longhaired Pointer is versatile and balanced, calm and gentle with the family.

He excels on all types of terrain and has a good capacity to adapt to all types of game.

Affectionate, easy-going and loyal, he makes an excellent life companion. Moreover, he obeys quite naturally, which makes his education very easy. He is intelligent, flexible and docile.

Naturally very sociable, he can adapt to all kinds of family or other situations.

The German Longhaired Pointer loves hunting, exercise, family and children. He makes a very bad watchdog and is never aggressive with newcomers.

It is difficult for him to adapt to the city because he is an athletic dog and his need for exercise is very high, like all hunting dogs.

If a city dweller wants to own a German Longhaired Pointer, he will have to make sure to provide him with all the exercise necessary for his physical and mental health. He prefers by far, wide open spaces where he has total freedom to run as he pleases.

Breed Appearance

German Longhaired Pointer

The German Longhaired Pointer is a muscular and solidly built medium-size dog with an elegant gait.

His sportif and athletic physique is a reflexion of his great energy. He is endowed with a rather robust silhouette.

Height

Between 60 and 70 cm (23.62 to 27.56 inches) for the male
Between 58 and 66 cm (22.83 to 25.98 inches) for the female

Weight

Between 27 and 30 kg (59.52 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 27 and 30 kg (59.52 to 66.14 pounds) for the female

Color

His coat is a pretty brown color with sometimes some white marks or it can go from a fairly light roan to a darker one.

Hair

His hair is medium-length and flat and usually 3.5 cm (1-1/2 inch) long.

Morphology

The German Longhaired Hound's head is endowed with a slightly domed skull and a gently sloping stop. His eyes are generally a beautiful deep brown color.

His ears are carried slightly forward. His nose is a pretty, rather dark brown color. His tail is carried horizontally.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 1 and is #117

Health of the German Longhaired Pointer

Robust and solid, the German Longhaired Pointer is healthy and generally has no particular issues.

No pathology or genetics affect the breed and long life expectancy is appreciable.

GROOMING

Like most hunting dogs with rather floppy ears, it is best to inspect them on a regular basis, especially after a hunting episode.

Brushing is easy and should be done regularly to maintain a healthy coat. No other special maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

In spite of his little known and very old origins, the German Longhaired Pointer is said to be the result of crossbreeding between a French and German Spaniel.

They are also said to have received certain qualities from Brachets, Water Dogs, Goshawks and Oysel Dogs. The Gordon Setter and Irish Setter would also have contributed to the improvement of the breed.

Thanks to these many contributions, the German Longhaired Pointer is a breed with many skills and great qualities.

Purebred breeding in 1879 established the predominant traits of the breed and it was in 1897 that Baron Von Schorlemer laid the true foundation of the current breed.

This very versatile hunting dog is also appreciated as a companion dog in his country. However, he is not well known or very widespread, even in his country of origin.

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