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German Longhaired Pointer

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Origin / History Among the three types of German Pointers are the Longhaired, the Wirehaired, and the Shorthaired. The Wirehaird and Shorthaired German Pointers are popular all over the world, and they are also closely-related to each other. The Longhaired Pointers, on the other hand, possess more spaniel blood. German Longhaired Pointers were created in Germany in order to be utilized as a pointer. Originally, these dogs were slow movers, so during the 19th century, they were cross-bred with English Pointers and setters in order to improve their speed. Their temperamental and stubborn nature was also improved by breeding them to have friendly and steady temperaments. It is believed that Old Water Spaniels, other spaniels, and Gordon Setters contributed to the development of this breed.

German Longhaired Pointers were shown for the first time in Frankfurt during 1878, and it was also then that the first standards for this breed were written. These dogs are gundogs that work well in land or in water. This breed is also rarely seen outside of Germany.

Appearance These dogs are elegant and muscular. They have athletic physiques that are neither cumbersome nor bulky, since they have to move at fast paces. They have moderately sized bones, but they do not look weak or frail. Their appearances should reflect their calm, kind temperament. Their coats are wavy and shiny, but never silky. These coats are approximately 1 to 2 inches in length, with longer feathering on their tails. These dogs also sport webbed feet.

Colours The coats of these dogs usually come in a solid dark chocolate color. White markings on their paws, chest, and on the top of their muzzles are acceptable. These dogs may also be dark brown roan with big patches of brown on their ears, head, back, and tail bases.

Temperament These dogs are enthusiastic hunters and they must be provided with various outlets for their energy. They love running, hunting, and going on long walks. If they are provided with enough activities and jobs to do, they will be agreeable, friendly, and happy. They are fun-loving and easy-going dogs that enjoy being with their family. These dogs are affectionate and great at dealing with children. They are also intelligent and can be easily trained. Docile and gentle, these dogs make for good family companions.

Height and Weight 53 - 63.5 cm in height and 27 - 32 Kg in weight. Males are larger than females and at the top end of the size ranges.

Common Health Problems Since these dogs are rare, they are not profitable to backyard breeders and puppy mills, and because of this, they do not have any hereditary diseases and disorders. However, their ears can be quite susceptible to infection, which is why owners must make sure that they clean their dogs' ears on a regular basis. Like other canines, dogs of this breed can also develop hip dysplasia.

Living Conditions These dogs should be kept in rural areas. They must also be provided with a large yard where they can run around and do some activities.

Exercise Requirements Dogs of this breed can be quite mischievous if they are not given enough activity. Thus, it is best if these dogs are taken out for long walks daily. They should also be allowed to run around in open, secure spaces. Since these dogs are hunters, they will naturally take to hunting and would love doing hunting activities.

Training Requirements Since these dogs are intelligent, they will respond well to training. Methods of positive reinforcement will work well on these dogs. Harsh training must be avoided because this will only bring about negative effects. Proper socialization must also be undertaken by these dogs right from puppyhood.

Life Expectancy These dogs usually live for as long as 10 to 14 years.

Grooming These dogs are easy to groom. Their coats just need combing and brushing on a regular basis. Owners should also check their dogs' ears and clean it regularly to prevent ear infections.

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