German Longhaired Pointer
The German Longhaired Pointer or Deutsch Langhaar is a breed of medium-sized gundogs related to Large Münsterländer, the German Wirehaired Pointer, and the German Shorthaired Pointer. It is a robust and muscular dog slightly higher at its shoulder than rump. It comes with a moderately rounded skull, lightly arched muzzle, brown nose, strong neck, straight back, long croup, well-developed chest, and slightly curved tail carried horizontally. It is a multipurpose working dog used for pointing, retrieving, and tracking.
German Longhaired Pointer Pictures
|Other Names||Pointer (German Longhaired), Deutscher Langhaariger Vorstehhund, Langhaar|
|Coat||Medium length, close-fitting, dense, sleek, firm, slightly wavy or smooth hair on body, good undercoat|
|Color||Solid brown, brown and white, pale or dark roan|
|Category||Gun Dog, Sporting, Spaniel-type|
|Lifespan||More than 10 years|
|Weight||66 lb on average|
|Height||Female: 23-26 in|
Male: 24-28 in
|Temperament||Good natured, balanced, calm, friendly, intelligent|
|Litter Size||4-6 puppies|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Barking||Barks when necessary|
|Country Originated in||Germany|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||AKC, FCI, CKC, KC (UK), UKC|
Video: German Longhaired Pointer Playing
Originally bred for use as a pointing dog, the GLP was crossed with English Pointers and setters during the 19th century for improving its speed. Like most longhaired pointers, the GLP is a descendant of spaniel type dogs.
The breed first appeared in the Frankfurt dog show in 1878 after which its breed standard was established. As the breeding practices became organized, the male lines were selected for developing the desired characteristics with emphasis laid on dogs that had performed equally well in the show ring and the field.
The breeding lines were recorded in the AKC FSS (Foundation Stock Service) in May 2010.
Temperament and Behavior
The GLP’s disposition can be described as kind, gentle, and friendly. It is an affectionate family pet that shows loyalty and companionship to its owner. It is sociable with other dogs and loves playing with kids.
Although not aggressive by nature, it may be somewhat reserved with strangers. It does not adapt to a sedentary lifestyle and can become hyperactive if it does not have a job to do.
In the hunting field, it is one of the most determined game finders and hunters, chasing, pointing, and holding the quarry until told to retrieve gently to the owner’s hand.
As an energetic and athletic dog that loves to work, the GLP needs plenty of regular activities like walking, running, hiking, retrieving, or swimming. Activities such as chasing a ball, hide and seek, or teaching new tricks also provide an outlet for expending its energy. Since it is an intelligent breed, it can also be trained for agility, obedience, and field trials.
Its coat needs to be frequently brushed especially after each outing. Aside from regular weekly grooming, the GLP needs an occasional bath which helps keep it clean. Rub its ears using a moist cotton swab dipped in a vet-recommended cleaning solution.
The majority of GLP is free from genetic disorders and is generally healthy. However, some may be affected by ear infections.
Owing to its smartness and loyalty, the German Longhaired Pointer is a trainable breed.
Give your GLP puppy lots of positive experiences with people of all shapes and sizes, including tall men, round women, little kids, big kids, or running-yelling kids. Also, have it make friends with the neighbors and the mail carrier, and take it to cafes, the pet store, or to work. You may take it to the dog park or enroll it in puppy kindergarten classes.
Set up 2-3 training sessions per day, each lasting 10-15 minutes to keep puppies and young GLPs from becoming bored. Start with some basic commands, like sit, lie down, stay, and come, and stick to one command per training session so that it does not get confused.
Your German Longhaired Pointer needs a nutritious diet, which allows plenty of energy in a small amount of food. You may give your dog quality dry food with animal-based protein and omega fat sources.