German Longhaired Pointer

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The German Longhaired Pointer was known in Germany in the 1870’s having been developed by breeding setters, pointers and spaniels together. At that time much experimentation was taking place with inter-breeding of all types of gundogs to establish the different characteristics required for sportsmen.

In 1878, a concerted effort was made in Germany to standardise gundog breeds and to ensure pure strains resulted. The following year a breed standard was established for German Longhaired Pointers and in 1890, 54 Longhairs were exhibited at the Münster show. Five distinct lines were recognised as being the most desirable to perpetuate the Longhair as a breed. From these lines, the German Longhaired Pointer as we know it became established.

Throughout Western Europe the German Longhaired Pointer is regarded as an exceptional hunting, pointing and retrieving gundog. The breed combines power with grace, pace with style and displays a quiet and equable disposition. A dog for the true rough shooter.


In general gundogs have a desire to please – therefore they tend to make good household pets. The German Longhaired Pointer is no exception; they are very good with people including young children.

German Longhaired Pointers do need a lot of exercise and will need training because their natural instinct is to be wide ranging and to hunt in search for game. When trained they can make excellent rough shooting dogs and will retrieve from land and water.

General obedience classes held in most areas around the country are a valuable way of socialising and training puppies.

As your dog becomes older and needs more specialised training help is available from the many Hunt Point and Retrieve trainers who hold classes specifically for these types of dog.


At present there are no known health problems with German Longhaired Pointers and continued testing of our dogs before using them in a breeding programme will ensure that none arise in the future.

Prospective purchasers are strongly advised to purchase puppies from members of the Accredited Breeders Scheme (ABS) as members of the scheme are obliged to undertake all relevant tests applicable to their breed.

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