Homeland of the German rough-haired Pointing dog, as you have already guessed, is Germany, and in particular the city of Frankfurt. Its history dates back to the 19th century, when different short-haired hunting dogs were crossed with rough-haired Griffons. The snout of the so called Deutsch Stichelhaar
is formed as a result of blood impurities of German Shepherds. Today these hunting dogs are quite rare and often confused with the Wire-haired Pointing Dog - Drathaar.
It is believed that this is one of the oldest dogs with rough hair. The first club of the breed was created in 1892. The main goal was to stop the crossing with foreign breeds. Puppies for sale can be found in Austria, Branburg, Bohemia, Moravia and Hesse. Today, the stronghold of the Deutsch Stichelhaar is northern Germany, but the numbers still decline.
The German Rough-haired Pointing Dog has a characteristic strong and slightly rough body, accompanied by a strong neck and deep chest. The transition from forehead to muzzle is gradual. His thick hair forms a mustache and a beard on the face. The eyes are oval and brown in color. The tail is horizontal. The coat is thick and dense. Coloration can be brown with white spots. Usually these dog's height is between 58 and 70 cm and its weight – between 25 and 30 kg.
Character and behavior
The Deutsch Stichelhaar has a very suspicious character. It is quite aggressive and distrustful of strangers. These dogs like to hunt and are truly tireless. They are highly durable and are suitable for all type of sports.
Training and education
As mentioned, the stubborn and aggressive nature of the German rough-haired Pointing Dog will definitely make the training very hard. Therefore, this breed is suitable for people with experience in growing dogs with a specific character. Training must be done in the open and possibly large spaces where the Stichelhaar could expend their energy. Otherwise, it may lead to destructive behavior and disobedience. Even with a balanced diet, the insufficient physical activity can lead to health problems. Training in obedience is a must. You should be firm and consistent to become “the leader of the pack”. Never allow your dog to be in control, no matter what are the circumstances. Always use positive methods, praise and rewards. With patience and proper and rigorous approach you can train your puppy successfully.
Representatives of this breed are characterized by genetic hereditary eye diseases and skin cancer. These dogs are also prone to cataracts, obesity and von Willebrand's disease. The hanging ears obstruct the ventilation of the ear canal and often lead to infections. This inflammation is usually chronic, so do not neglect the preventive measures. Some dogs are more prone to hip dysplasia - a fairly common disease in active breeds.
Grooming and care
The coat does not need frequent brushing. But it is recommended to check your puppy for ticks and other parasites after forest walks or hunting. Bathing can be done only when necessary. You should also trim the nails of your pet, clean and check the eyes and ears for insects. Brushing the teeth is a good idea too.
Children and other pets
The Deutsch Stichelhaar gets along well with other pets, as long as it is raised with them, otherwise it can be slightly aggressive. The same situation is with children. You need to teach your dog to protect your children while playing with them to prevent accidents.
The German Rough-haired Pointing Dog achieved official recognition in Germany in the 20th century. Some dogs were also imported to the US, but couldn't gain enough popularity. In 1959 the breed was officially recognized by the AKC. The dog is extremely rare outside Germany.