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German Longhaired Pointer
A good dog never dies, he always stays, he walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near, his head within our hand in his old way. – Anonymous
The German Longhaired Pointer is the rarest of the German Pointers, and very uncommon in Canada. Pointers are dogs who hesitate and freeze after they locate game, thereby indicating the position of the birds for the hunters. The Longhair or “langhaar” as he is sometimes called was developed in the late 1870s in Germany and is one of the oldest of the pointers.
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.
Photos displayed courtesy of Leslie Jonkov, Élevage des Perdrioles, Quebec
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.