German Longhaired Pointer

The German Longhair Pointer is a breed bred as a versatile hunting dog. Its physical characteristics include a long, dense coat and a muscular, medium-sized body. They are known for their calm and balanced character.

General details

Dogs of the breed are medium-sized, strong and muscular. The weight ranges between 25 and 36 kilograms, while the height varies between 56 and 71 centimeters. The life expectancy of this breed is 12 to 14 years. They belong to Group 7 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which groups show dogs.

Breed history in brief

The German Longhair Pointer is one of the oldest and most versatile continental pointer breeds in existence. This breed combines the blood of hounds, bird hunters, hawks and water dogs. In Europe, paintings and engravings can be found depicting the German Longhair Pointer as a hunter. In 1897, Baron Schorlemer wrote the first breed standard, which laid the foundation for pure breeding of the breed. The breed's popularity grew in Europe and eventually reached North America in the mid-20th century.

Breed characteristics

The German Longhair Pointer is a strong breed, with a straight, firm back, a particularly muscular loin and a sloping croup. Its head is somewhat rounded, with dark brown eyes and ears slightly folded forward. The tail is carried horizontally, with the end slightly curved upwards. The coat on the lower region of the neck, chest and abdomen may be longer, while on the head it is much shorter. The fur on the ears is wavy, unlike the body, which is smooth or slightly wavy and close fitting. The tail and the posterior region of the limbs are well feathered. The coat color varies from plain brown to combinations with white patches or roan. The German Longhair Pointer is known for its balanced and stable temperament, making it a calm and good-natured companion. This breed is easy to guide, showing a willingness to learn and work with their breeder. In addition, they are friendly and sociable with strangers, making them excellent companions for social settings.

Common health problems

Information on the most common diseases in the German Longhair Pointer breed is limited. Even so, it is likely that he is predisposed to some of the most common disorders in dogs such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and epilepsy. Regular veterinary check-ups, a healthy diet and exercise routine can also help prevent or treat these health problems.

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