German Longhaired Pointer

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    History & Overview

    There are three kinds of German pointers: the German Shorthaired Pointer, the German Longhaired Pointer and the German Wirehaired Pointer.

    The German Longhaired Pointer is believed to be the oldest of the three and has been historically the foundation of many other German breeds. Although this breed has never been well-known outside its homeland, by its followers, it is regarded as an exceptional hunting, pointing and retrieving dog.


    Known in Germany as the Langhaar, this breed was originally developed to assist with hawking and falconry. Outside its homeland, among dog breeders and owners, it is often referred to simply as the German Longhaired Pointer.


    In the field, the German Longhaired Pointer is known for his remarkably strong hunting instincts, an exceptional scenting ability, patience and a true passion for adventure. Being well-adapted to hunt on any terrain, he can work long hours in wet and cold weather. While it will hunt and point, its real strength is in its outstanding retrieving ability and the extreme softness of mouth.

    Although hunting is a passion for Longhairs, other outdoor activities can be undertaken and enjoyed. As long as he has creative outlets for expending his energy (running, long walks, hunting, etc.), he is a sweet-natured dog and a loyal friend of the whole family.


    Because of his long, shiny, wavy coat, the German Longhaired Pointer looks more like a typical setter than a pointer, but its appearance is deceptive. This is a true pointer like its close relatives, the Shorthair and Wirehair: a strong muscular dog with a streamlined body and a noble-looking head. His coat is not so abundant as to require extensive grooming. The Longhair, to be true, should avoid both red and black coloration; such colors would indicate the bloodline’s being violated by “ancestor” breeds, such as Irish Setter, Newfoundland and Gordon Setter.

    At A Glance

    Other Names:

    Langhaar; Deutsch Langhaar, Deutscher Langhaariger Vorsterhhund (Germany); Braque allemand à poil long (France)

    Country of Origin:



    Versatile gundog used for hunting, pointing and retrieving


    FCI Classification: Group 7: Pointers & Setters; Continental pointing dogs of “Spaniel Type” (with working trial)
    The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association has long recognized and maintained the studbook for the German Longhaired Pointer.


    Medium/Large (24-28 inches at shoulders)

    Colors & Coat:

    Brown; Brown with white or speckled markings; Dark roan; Pale roan; Mottled (many small brown spots on white background); White with brown markings. Thick undercoat and a wavy, rough-textured outercoat.

    Litter Size:


    Life Span:

    9 – 15 years

    Grooming Requirements:

    The dog’s long hair needs to be combed and brushed after each outing in the field.


    Somewhat year-round. Regular brushing will help minimize shedding.


    Gentle, good-natured, calm, affectionate, intelligent and very loyal family dog. Alert at all times, they make fine guard dogs, but will never bite.

    Social skills:

    Very sociable with other dogs, they will get along with other pets, including cats.

    Suitability for Children:

    Gentle and very patient, German Longhaired Pointers make excellent companions for children.

    Exercise Needs:

    This enthusiastic hunter must be provided with an outlet for his energy (at least one to two hours of exercise a day in any weather). He is best suited for country living where he can run freely. If kept sufficiently active, the GLPs make excellent pets.

    Train Ability:

    Intelligent, obedient, and effortless to train, the GLP matures into a hunting dog early and works close to his master.

    Health & Behavioral Issues:

    • Hip Dysplasia may be present in some bloodlines
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