As the name suggest, the German Longhaired Pointer originated in Germany. This dog was always bred for function rather than for showring or appearance, even though it is true that they do look great. The ancestors are most likely German longhaired hunting dogs, that are depicted on oil paintings and copper engravings from 16th century. First GLPs were little bit too slow, which is a reason why they were crossed with faster pointers and setters from England. In 1870s, the first kennel and breeder association was formed and the first official breed standard was written in 1879.
The German Longhaired Pointer is a member of Continental versatile gundog group and indeed, this is not only a skilled pointer, but they are also amazing at searching, tracking and retrieving. They are excellent for any kind of a hunt and in any kind of a situation. They can work in woods, fields or in water. These dogs will truly be happiest, if they are allowed to hunt. They are just made for it.
If you will see several German Longhaired Pointers, you can notice some differences between them. The reason behind this is, that there are 5 genealogical trees. There is Mylord type, Kalcksteiner type, Job type, Don type and Roland type. The main differences are in their built, some are pretty slim and others are quite heavy. If you would like to learn more about these 5 types, i am giving you link to German Longhaired Pointer Club in description (http://www.german-longhaired-pointer.org.uk/page/history/)
The German Longhaired Pointer is quite calm and quite indoors and they are very intelligent, affectionate and friendly towards its family. They are also pretty gentle and patient with kids, which makes them great family dogs. This is a very social dog and they do not like to be left alone, they just want to be with its owner and family. These dogs are so people oriented, friendly, patient and self confident that they can be trained to be therapy dogs! BTW Milla from this video is one of those therapy GLPs. On the other hand, this dog was bred for working and hunting for centuries and they need some kind of a work to stay healthy and happy. If you have this dog as a companion only, than you must provide them with a lot of exercise every single day and it does not matter if its raining or snowing outside, they just need it. Most of them will love long walks or jogs, sniffing and exploring and retrieving different objects.
This is a very elegant, athletic and strong dog breed with average height between 58-70 cm, which is 23-28 inch and weight is typically around 30 kg, which is 66 pounds. The females are typically little bit smaller than males.
The hallmark of this breed is definitely the beautiful coat. Even though they are named „Longhhaired“, the hair shoud not be too long, otherwise it would cause troubles when hunting in the brush. Typically the hair should be 3 to 5 cm in length on his body with longer hair on his ears and backs of his legs as feathering. You can find this breed in several colors, including brown, roan, chocolate and white with chocolate.
Great fact is, that the German Longhaired Pointer is a relatively low maintenance breed. They do require some brushing to prevent tangles and mats, but no other grooming is needed. They do shed, but it is nothing terrible. Just like with all dogs, you should also regularly check the dogs ears, eyes, teeth and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
This is an intelligent, highly energetic and trainable dog with high working ethic. Of course they can do great at various dog sports. And this is a great way how to exhaust the dog physically and also mentally. The German Longhaired Pointer does great at hunting trials, agility, rally or even in dock diving.
9) Other pets
German Longhaired Pointers are generally good with other dogs, especially if they are raised together from the puppyhood. But i would not leave them alone with other smaller household pets like cats or rabbits, because it is very likely that they would try to chase them down.
There is not enough official scientific studies about the breeds health, but it is reported that this is usually a very healthy dog breed with average lifespan between 12-14 years. The only common problems are the ears, which are prone to infections.
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