The German Longhaired Pointer (GLP) is a medium size multipurpose gundog breed and is the least numerous among the German pointing breeds. It is a multipurpose pointer/retriever with a highly sensitive nose, an effective game hunter and finder that is very well adept on water as it is on land. It is closely related to its other German pointing cousins, the German Shorthaired Pointer, the German Wirehaired Pointer, and the Large Munsterlander. It is a powerfully built dog with an overall general appearance of an energetic and well-balanced breed. Among the defining features of the German Longhaired Pointer is its aristocratic head with its long well-feathered ears and fairly deep flews. It is also differentiated from its other cousins by its close fitting double coat. On the back and sides of the body, the hair is about 3-5 cm long with longer hairs on the throat, chest, stomach, back of front legs and hind legs to hock joint. Brown is the dominant coat colour of the breed. The ideal height for males is between 60-70 cm at withers and 58-66 cm for females. The average weight is 30 kg for both sexes.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The German Longhaired Pointer was developed in Germany during the mid-19th century. Originally, it was a rather large slow dog, slim built, long body with a large head and a sharp nose. The original colour was light with patches and the character was self-willed and temperamental. It was a dog that was hard to handle although it was very faithful and it can work in all types of weather. This slow dog hunted alongside the guns and was eventually crossed with the Pointer and the Setter to improve speed and temperament. It was first shown in public during the 1878 Frankfurt Dog Show and also again the following year. It was also at this time that the first breed standard was formalised. German breeders then put emphasis in improving the hunting characteristics of the breed rather than the aesthetic character. Through the years, as breeding become more organized, German enthusiasts began to develop the breed for both field and the show ring. It was recognised as a breed by the Kennel Club in 1997. Today, the German Longhaired Pointer is a multipurpose field dog that combines the best of the pointer, retriever (being able to work on land and on water) and the setter and tracker.
Originally, the German Longhaired Pointer was stubborn and temperamental. However, German breeders have successfully developed the modern GLP that we know today as a kind, gentle, friendly, and intelligent breed. It is one of the most affectionate dog companions that thrives on human companionship. It has a tendency to experience separation anxiety if left alone for a very long period of time. As a fearless hunter and a vigilant and responsive breed, the German Longhaired Pointer makes a good watchdog.
The GLP is a highly intelligent breed and is quick to learn. Bred as a gundog, it is happiest when it is given something to do which is one of the factors why the German Longhaired Pointer loves learning new things. The best results come from early training. A fair and consistent approach will go a long way in training the dog which excels in many canine sports including flyball, agility, and obedience.
The German Longhaired Pointer needs a moderate amount of grooming. Brushing and maintaining the coat in good form requires once or twice a week grooming. A good amount of feathering exists on its ears, chest, belly, legs, and tail which needs the most attention. Check these areas for tangles and remove any dirt and debris that might get caught, particularly after the dog has been out in the open. The GLP is a light shedder but sheds heavily twice a year, particularly during seasonal changes. During these times, a more frequent brushing is required to minimize hair fall and helps remove dead hairs from the coat. The ears need to be inspected and cleaned as necessary.
It is a generally healthy breed with a median lifespan of 12 and 14 years. Due to its rather small popularity with breeders, the German Longhaired Pointer does not seem to be affected with any type of hereditary diseases that are prevalent with other dog breeds. However, the ears are mildly susceptible to infections if not cared for properly. This can be avoided by inspecting and cleaning the ears on a regular basis, especially after the dog has come out from the water.
The German Longhaired Pointer was bred to work in the field for hours on end. This makes the breed highly active so it needs a lot of exercise in order to stay fit. It will not do well to a sedentary life. The GLP will thrive when exercised on a daily basis which makes it a wonderful pet to an active owner who loves the outdoors
The GLP is a sociable animal with a gentle nature which makes it an excellent family pet. It enjoys playing with children and is very sociable with other dogs as well. However, just like any large dog breed, adult supervision is advised when the dog and the children are playing together to make sure playtime will not result in any accident. It also gets along well with felines in the household if it was raised with them from puppyhood, but it will typically chase other cats it is not familiar with.