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History of the German longhaired pointer


The breed developed in Germany with the first recognised breed standard drawn up in 1878. This is when the german longhaired pointer dog standards were first set out.


Unlike most other breeds, the german longhaired pointer dog has five genealogical lines or 'types' each with different physical characteristics. These are:







The dog remains popular on the continent and is well regarded as excellent for the rough shooter. The breed is used for bird and larger game such as fox, boar and deer.


In 1997 The German Longhaired Pointer was accepted on the UK Import Register and the Kennel Club formally registered our breed club, The German Longhaired Pointer Club in 1999. Since that time there have been several Field Trial Champions (FTCs).  In fact when you consider the number of FTCs to the number of registrations since 1997, the GLP is one of the most successful gundog breeds in the UK. This should come as no surprise as all dogs are from strong working lines. Their natural ability is a testament to our Euoropean partners careful management of the breed to ensure the GLP has been bred for its ability as a working dog and is a tradition upheld by the UK breed club.


Many other UK dogs have gained their studbook numbers by winning or being placed in Novice and All-Aged stakes.  In January 2006 The Kennel Club gave recognition of Longhairs by transferring the breed to the Breed Register. Longhairs now have classes at Championship Shows and at Crufts. 




Kennel Club breed standard for German longhaired pointer


General Appearance


Medium sized, noble and elegant, powerfully built with overall impression of an energetic, well balanced dog.



Dual purpose Pointer/Retriever, very keen nose, determined hunter and game-finder. Equally good on land and in water.



Calm, even tempered. Alert, biddable and very loyal.


Head and Skull

Aristocratic appearance, muzzle and skull of equal length. Top of head slightly rounded; medium width nasal bone, showing slight arch in profile and rising gently to forehead with no pronounced stop. The foreface should be of proportionate length to the skull, fairly broad and deep without being coarse, well chiselled below the eyes. Flews fairly deep, but not pendulous or exaggerated.  Jaws strong. Nose brown, but slightly flecked markings permissible. Head hair considerably shorter than body.



Brown, as dark as possible, of medium size slightly oval shaped, neither deep set nor protruding. Tight eyelids, no visible haw.



Broad and set close to and quite high on head. Turning slightly forward and leathers reaching to a point half way between corner of mouth and nose. Turning out on the bottom edge; well feathered on the outside with longer hair. Slightly wavy feathering should reach beyond tip of nose. Lower half of inside of leathers covered in hair. Ear leathers twice as long as broad.



Jaws strong, with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Full, strong dentition desirable.



Moderate length, muscular and slightly arched, without dewlap; joining the shoulders and chest smoothly.



Shoulders sloping and muscular with top of shoulder blades close; upper arm long. Elbows set close to body, turning neither outwards nor inwards. Forelegs straight and well feathered, sufficiently muscular and strong but not coarse-boned. Pasterns slightly sloping.



Well developed sternum, visible when viewed from side. Broad, deep ribcage, reaching at least to elbows. Back straight, firm and moderate in length. Very muscular around loins.



Long croup, slightly sloping. Stifles well bent. Hind legs straight when viewed from rear. Pasterns nearly upright.



Well arched, compact, close knit, round to oval shaped with strong nails and pads; turning neither in nor out. Tufts of dense short hair between toes.



Well feathered, slightly scimitar shaped, moderately long, not reaching below hocks. Strong at root, becoming gradually thinner. Carried horizontally or just below line of back. Previously, docking of tip of tail was optional.



Free, long-striding, stylish and graceful, with good forward reach and powerful drive from hindquarters.



Correct coat very important. On back and sides of body, about 3-5cms long (1-2 ins), close fitting and with good undercoat. On throat, chest and stomach, coat may be longer. Body hair sleek and close lying, smooth or slightly wavy. Back of front legs and hind legs to hock joint, well feathered; below hocks significantly shorter.



Solid brown: white markings permissible especially on chest and feet. Dark brown roan: with varying sized brown patches, brown head with blaze or star. White, ticked: with varying sized brown patches, brown head with blaze or star. Trout-coloured roan: numerous small brown patches on white ground, brown head with blaze or star. Brown & White: either clear, or with large brown patches (e.g. saddle) and very few small patches; brown head with blaze or star. Black highly undesirable.



Height: Dogs - Minimum height at withers 60 cms (24 ins), maximum 70 cms (28 ins). (Ideal height 63-66 cms (25-26 ins)). Bitches - Minimum height at withers 58 cms (23 ins), maximum 66 cms (26 ins). (Ideal height 60-62 cms (24-24½ ins). Weight: Approx. 30kgs (66lbs).



Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.



Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.