During the Middle Age, the long-haired Pointing Dogs were very popular in different regions of Western Germany, Netherlands and France. They were known as Spionnen, Chiens d’oysel, Stöberhunde, Wachtelhunde, Épagneuls etc.
The German long-haired Pointing Dog has the ancient blood of both "bird" and "water" dogs. That is why, it is used for any type of hunting. The breeding started in 1879, which was announced in the first breed standard. In 1897, the famous Baron von Shorlemer wrote the first officially announced standard of the German long-haired Pointing Dog, building the foundations of today's official breeding.
The German long-haired Pointing Dog, also known as Deutsch Langhaar, has a strong structure and a healthy body. His coat is thick and long, with beautiful feathers around its limbs. The chest is deep, almost reaching the elbows. The tail is straight. The color of the coat can be gray or brown with white spots, or white with brown spots.
The average height of these beautiful hunters is between 58 and 70 cm and their weight can vary between 27 and 32 kg.
Character and behavior
The Deutsch Langhaar has a great temperament, calm demeanor and harmonious behavior. The little puppy is attached to each family member. It is a little suspicious of strangers and may become a trustworthy watchdog.
The representatives of the breed point well, hunt hard and could retrieve every single animal, shot by their owners. Some hunters prefer these dogs instead of other pointers, setters or hounds.
Training and education
This is an extremely intelligent dog, which makes its training very easy. The puppies are usually very obedient and love to make their owners happy by executing the assigned commands. Use small treats and rewards to stimulate your pet. It is better to provide space and constant movements for your puppy as this dog has a lot of energy that must be spent. The Deutsch Langhaar definitely loves to walk without a leash.
Representatives of the breed have pretty good general health. Keep in mind that these dogs love water, so it is better to dry their ears after swimming, to prevent infections. Ear infections can become chronic, so you should bring your pet to prophylactic checkups. By combining diligent care, a balanced diet and high level of physical activity, you can have a German long-haired Pointing Dog in excellent condition.
Grooming and care
Like other hunting breeds, the Deutsch Langhaar is very energetic and turbulent. If you have the opportunity to ensure open space and water, you can still grow your dog in an apartment. His coat requires brushing once or twice a week. You can bathe your pet once in 2 or 3 months. As already said, it is really important to clean the ears of your German long-haired Pointing Dog.
Children and other pets
This dog definitely loves to play with children and gets along perfectly with them. The same applies for other pets as long as they are not aggressive. The Deutsch Langhaar is kind and friendly with other dogs of the same breed.
In 1879 in Hanover a group of canine enthusiasts met to write a standard of this breed. At the end, they selected a dog by the name Mylord 1 to be the role model for the Deutsch Langhaar. Its great physical and mental qualities were used for the new breed standard.
These dog are still considered a rare breed, but puppies for sale could be found easily in most of the Central European countries, especially Germany, France and the Netherlands.