He was used by falconers prior to the introduction of gun
hunting. Today, this dog is known as an
exceptional hunting, pointing, and retrieving dog. His powerful nose
serves him well in locating game both on land and in water.
The muscular Longhair stands up to 24 inches at
the shoulder and has a smooth or slightly wavy coat, feathered on both
front and hind legs and on the tail. His coat is brown with light spot on
his chest, white with patches and small brown spots. The Longhair will lose
half his winter coat during the summer!
An intelligent, willing
and fast learner, the German Longhaired Pointer easily hunts all
types of upland game and waterfowl. A versatile hunting dog, the Longhair will hunt
the grouse forests, open grasslands, wetlands, and water. As with all
dogs, he should be trained and socialized early to ensure he grows up into
a well mannered adult. His biddable nature makes him easily trained but he
is sensitive too and
should not be harshly corrected.
He loves people,
children, and, since he works all day along side his master, he does not
do well in a family where he will spend long periods of time alone. The
Longhair is faithful and loyal, bonding easily with his family.
The German Longhaired
Pointer is a quiet, steady, reliable breed, capable of spending all day in
the field hunting. Therefore he has an almost limitless supply of energy.
If you cannot give him at least one or more hours of exercise per day, do
yourselves both a favour, and look for another breed.