Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 7 - standing dogs.
The cradle of origin of the German Rough-haired Pointing Dog (Deutscher Stichelhaariger Vorstehhund - Deutscher Stichelhaar) was identified as the Province of Frankfurt, in 1886 the breed was created by forest rangers, who used it for the fight against harmful wild animals , such as foxes, and also for anti-poaching. The first specimens were rather stocky, they had well marked qualities of agility and aggression. There is the hypothesis, never proven, that there was originally the blood of a local Shepherd. At that time, however, there was no body that could protect the breed, therefore they continued to try crossings with the "Drahthaar" and with the "Korthals", until 1950, in which any use of foreign blood was strictly prohibited, so the situation improved and the typical characteristics of the breed were restored to stability. It has always been a breed specialized in the search in swamps, in humid soils and in woods, without having the speed of the "Drahthaar". The latter is primarily responsible for the low spread of Stichelhaar. Little known in Italy.
Medium-sized dog, dolominocephalic mesomorphic. Morphologically classified as a Braccoid type. It is a dog of powerful constitution, but not heavy. The various parts of the front or rear limbs have regular relationships between them and with respect to the trunk; during slow movement, the neck and head are quite erect, the tail is often erected upwards; during the search it is more horizontal. The general impression is that of a serious and reasonable dog. The eye looks threatening because of bristly eyebrows.
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. Given its great resistance, it adapts to work even on dry soils in its summer heat or during the harsh winter. He is a great recuperator, capable of following the tracks for a long time.
Deutsch Stichelhaar (photo www.deutsch-stichelhaar.com)
Deutsch Stichelhaar (photo www.meinpelzigerfreund.de)
Deutsch Stichelhaar (photo www.verein-deutsch-stichelhaar.de)
- males between 60 and 66 cm
- females a little less
Trunk: seen from the front the chest has an average width, seen from the side, it is deep; the ribs that make up the ribcage are well arched, never flat. The back is wide and straight, the kidneys preferably wide and short, both the back and the hips are very muscular, the rump is not too short and is not very steep. The belly is compact, especially in the part of the hips, and quite prominent in the back.
Head and muzzle: medium length; about 23-25 cm, not too heavy. The muzzle is not too short or pointed, but rather square; the lips fall tightly closed, forming a crease at the corner of the mouth. The nasal bridge is long and wide, straight, never mountainous. The stop goes up gradually and is never abrupt. The skull is slightly convex, broad. The occipital bone is not too developed. Thick and bushy eyebrows.
Truffle: wide, well open, with powerful developed musculature. Dark or light brown according to the color of the coat. Double truffles are not allowed.
Teeth: strong, complete in number. Scissor closure.
Neck: medium length, powerful, slightly curved on the nape. It gradually widens down to the total width of the breast, but not to "deer breast".
Ears: of medium length and size, not too wide at the junction, with obtuse angle rounded at the end. Attack high.
Eyes: slightly oval, medium in size, clear, neither sunken nor protruding. Brown color.
Limbs: the forearm and metacarpal bones are straight and very muscular. The carpus is not curved. Fingers should be well arched and closed, not wide. The foot is round. The plantar pads are large and rough. The nails are well curved. The hindquarters have a muscular rump, femur and leg. The leg and the hock are slightly angled, but not too abruptly.
Pace: very fast and loose. The natural pace is the trot.
Musculature: toned and well developed.
Tail: medium length, straight, at the most slightly curved upwards.
Hair: about 4 cm long. The hairs must all be arranged in the same direction, from the front to the back and relatively from top to bottom. They must be tense, rigid and hard. The hairs form the mustache at the height of the muzzle; they are short and rough on the nasal bone. The hairs are lying on the top of the head. The eyebrows are bushy. The tail is well trimmed.
Allowed colors: brown and white, apparently of a mixed gray-brown color or with fairly large isolated brown spots.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, shy and fearful character, disharmonious appearance, head too large, conical skull, flesh-colored truffle, too long ears, incorrect movement, defective rear, lack of premolars, dominant white color, deflected elbows, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, measurements out standard.
curated by Vinattieri Federico - www.difossombrone.it