Breeds of dogs: Deutscher Langhaar - German Long-haired Pointing Dog

Breeds of dogs: Deutscher Langhaar - German Long-haired Pointing Dog

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Germany.
F.C.I classification: Group 7 - standing dogs.

The cradle of origin of the German long-haired Pointing Dog (Deutscher Langhaariger Vorstehhund - Deutscher Langhaar) can be identified in Wurttemberg. Its progenitor was a local "Bracco", now disappeared, crossed with "English setters", "Gordon", "French Spaniels" and "Dutch set dogs". Today we have rather fragmentary news on the history of this breed, therefore there are the most varied hypotheses, including the crossing with a Shepherd, not better identified. What we know for sure is that the breed was certainly selected only by hunters, and it was found to be a stable dog from a morphological and character point of view. Pointing dog suitable for all types of game. Almost completely unknown in Italy, not widespread in Germany itself, where his short-haired cousins ​​are preferred.

General aspect

Good size dog, dolominocephalic mesomorphic. Morphologically classified as a Braccoid type. Its appearance is elegant, the hard fur of which provides the skin with fair protection. Its forms ensure endurance, strength and speed. The complex of lines expresses a great nobility. His head is dry, the tail is well worn, and his skin is taut. It is a very well built, harmonious breed. In small subjects, a lot of substance must be required. However, massive, heavy and clumsy specimens are not desired. Typical morphology of the hunting dog.


His temperament is docile and disciplined. He is a dog very attached to his owner, he loves family life. He can take the defense of his master in case of danger. He is almost always reserved and serious, and seems to subject all those around him to careful scrutiny. This breed needs care, it must be brushed at least 2 or 3 times a week and stripped during moulting periods. You have to be careful about cleaning the fur after work. It requires daily exercise. Considered by some breeders and fans of the breed, a perfect companion.

Deutsch Langhaar (photo

Deutsch Langhaar (photo


- males between 60 and 70 cm
- females between 58 and 66 cm.
Weight: is around 30 kg.

Trunk: straight back, strong, not too long, particularly muscular kidney area. Long rump, moderately descending. Prominent chest, wide and deep rib cage, it descends at least to the elbows.
Head and muzzle: particular value must be given to the fine fur on the head. Noble, slender appearance. Slightly convex skull. Slightly salient forehead, not like an abrupt step. Back of the nose slightly mountainous, not too narrow. Lips not too hanging. Cheeks with zygomatic bone not too pronounced. Jaw without shrinkage.
Truffle: brown, light whitish marks allowed.
Teeth: strong, complete in number. Scissor closure.
Neck: robust and noble, without dewlap, which widens with a nice line towards the chest, not too short.
Ears: placed not too low. Turn slightly forward.
Eyes: brown, as dark as possible; eyelids well adhering to the eyeball, red nictating membrane not visible. Not too deep set, nor too protruding.
Limbs: elbows tightly put together. Metacarpal joint slightly angled, not completely straight. Hard and robust plantar pads. Posterior with the pelvis bone, the femur, the leg bone and the foot bone forming a vertical line. Hock with correct angle. Spurs to be eliminated.
Shoulder: well fitting. Shoulder blade and arm form a right angle.
Gait: wide movements, covering a lot of ground, elongated, with a good push from the rear.
Musculature: toned and well developed.
Tail: not carried too straight.
Skin: very close to the body, without folds.
Hair: you must give great importance to a correct coat. It must be about 3-5 cm long, neither excessive hair development nor too short hair. It must be fairly well fitting. Much hair on the belly and tail. Shorter on the head and under the hocks.
Allowed colors: only brown color; brown with white or whitish markings; dark whitish; light whitish with large spots; white trout with brown spots; white brown or pure-white brown or with a few small spots.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, shy and fearful character, light hawk's eye, open ear, lowered back, barrel chest, hook tail, non-angled limbs, vaccine rear, enlarged feet, curled hair, incorrect movement, monorchidism, cryptorchidism.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: Dog Breed Video: German Shorthaired and Longhaired Pointers (September 2021).