German Longhaired Pointer Pictures and Information

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The German Longhaired Pointer was bred in Germany as a gundog.  But, the breed was rather slow, so in the 19th Century, they were bred with other pointers and setters to improve their speed and agility.

German Longhaired Pointer Description

While the dogs were originally either brown and white or black and white, it was eventually decided that a true German Longhaired Pointer was only brown and white, so the black and white strain of the breed became the Large Munsterlander breed.  They are a medium-sized dog, great for hunting and running due to their breeding, and are very fast and agile runners.  Their coat is long, about 1-2 inches, and has a natural wave, making it a beautiful dog to see.

German Longhaired Pointer

Also Known As

  • Deutsch Langhaar
  • German Long-Haired Pointing Dog

Temperament

The German Longhaired Pointer is a very sweet and loving breed.  They are very smart dogs as well, making them great pets.  But, they do experience terrible separation anxiety if left alone too long, so it is not a good idea to keep them locked up or left alone for too long.  They do make great pets for families because they are energetic, loyal, loving, and smart, as well as great with children.

Health Problems

Because they are not a widely popular dog, they do not have a lot of the genetic disorders that many breeds do because of inbreeding.  They can be prone to ear infections, but as long as their ears are kept clean and dry, this is usually not a problem.  You can also use a bit of mineral oil in their ears on a regular basis to ensure that their ears stay healthy. An animal that shakes its head constantly is most likely telling you its ears have a problem.

Exercise

The German Longhaired Pointer is a dog that needs a lot of exercises every day, so it is not suitable for apartment life.  They love to run and swim and play, so they need plenty of room exercise every day.  They are very easy to train, so this is another great way to get them the exercise that they need.

Special Grooming Needs

A German Longhaired Pointer does need a regular grooming session due to its long coat to keep it clean, shiny, and untangled.  It is best to take the animal to a professional for grooming.  They can be quite hard to handle if they become scared or do not like something.