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German Longhaired Pointer

Country/Date of Origin: Germany/19th Century

There are three types of German Pointer, the Shorthaired, the Wirehaired and the Longhaired. The first two are closely related and popular around the world. The third, the German Longhaired Pointer, had a great deal more spaniel blood in its original makeup in an attempt to create a dog that would be better at water work than the other two pointers. It is believed that the now extinct Old Water Spaniel and various spaniels from France were the foundation stock and later other blood was introduced, notably that of the Gordon Setter. The German Longhaired Pointer is a handsome gundog that can work feathered game on land and water. He is slow and thorough in the field with an unremarkable nose, which may account for the fact that the breed is still relatively unknown outside of Germany.

FCI Group: Group 7 (Sporting)

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Deutsche Langhaar Vorstehhund

AKC Group: Miscellaneous

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Body Type:

  • Resembles a coarse Irish Setter
  • Height: 23 1/2 - 25 1/2 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 65 pounds
  • Hanging ears are well feathered and not altered
  • Long feathered tail held in setter fashion is not altered


  • Gentle and docile. More like a setter in temperament than a pointer
  • Affectionate
  • Intelligent and easily trained
  • Good with children


  • Double coat is glossy, slightly waved and about 2 inches long
  • Legs, tail and ears have distinct feathering
  • Allowable colors are liver or liver-and-white
  • Moderate grooming required

Health Concerns:

  • Hip dysplasia
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • The German Longhaired Pointer has almost become extinct several times in its history. However, it has a group of loyal supporters in Germany at the moment
  • It will be hard to find a puppy of this breed in the United States

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