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As its name suggests, the German Longhaired Pointer (GLP) originated in Germany as a highly prized gundog. This dog breed is gentle, friendly, loyal, and intelligent, making it an excellent companion and family dog. Like most gundogs, the German Longhaired Pointer is a high energy dog that is suitable for families who lead active outdoor lives. It is an athletic, medium-sized dog that weighs 60 to 70 pounds and stands 58 to 70 centimetres at the withers. It boasts of a glossy, medium-length coat with a good amount of feathering on other parts of its body.
Are you contemplating owning a German Longhaired Pointer? Here is a brief background of this gentle and loyal dog breed to help you decide.
The German Longhaired Pointer (GLP) is a cousin to the German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP) and the German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP). All three dog breeds are native to Germany, as the names suggest, developed to hunt, point and retrieve live games. These German dogs are widely known and highly-prized as working dogs not only in Germany but also in the UK.
The German Longhaired Pointer was first introduced to Britain in the 1980s but was not recognised by The Kennel Club until 1997. This dog is the largest among the three German breeds and was first shown in Frankfurt, Germany in 1878 after a breed standard was established. The GLP we see today was developed over time to become a more elegant gundog by introducing English Pointers and English Setters to its bloodline during the 19th century.
The German Longhaired Pointer is an active, noble, graceful, muscular dog breed but not bulky or stocky. It sports a shiny, medium-length coat that adds to its aristocratic appearance and overall charm. The top of its head is domed-shape with a slight stop. GLPs have strong jaws with a perfect scissor bite and nice brown noses that often have slight spots on them. Its head has less hair compared to the rest of the body. Its large, oval-shaped brown eyes show its intelligence. Ears must be set high on its head, dropping slightly forward reaching as far as the corner of its mouth.
The German Longhaired Pointer has a robust body with a well-developed chest and level back that is moderately long. Its skin should lie close to the body but should not wrinkle. Despite being categorised as a longhaired breed, its hair is not excessively long. In fact, accepted hair length must be within 3 to 5 cm while its ears and backs of his legs sport a longer feathering. The GLP comes in a variety of colours including brown, roan, brown roan, dark chocolate, white, and chocolate.
Although the GLP has long hair, it is surprisingly low maintenance on the grooming front. Weekly grooming to remove tangles and matts will do. It undergoes seasonal shedding, which means frequent brushing, daily if possible, is needed to keep hairs from falling and gathering on furniture or clothing. Bathing can be occasional or done at least twice a year. Trim its nails as needed, or every couple of weeks. Always check for infection on its ears and clean them regularly. Oral health is also crucial to steer your German Longhaired Pointer from gum disease and potential infection.
Generally, the German Longhaired Pointer is outgoing, gentle and intelligent but if not properly socialised, can become either shy or aggressive. This dog breed adores its family and forms a strong attachment with them, which can cause separation anxiety. The GLP is ideal for households where one member of the family stays at home to keep the dog company. Other tha>Remember that being gundogs, German Longhaired Pointers are active dogs, which means they have levels of energy and will require equal levels of exercise to expend its energy. This can be done by engaging the GLP in games such as fetch or activities such as long walks or running. Of course, this indicates that it is only suitable for families that share its love of outdoor activities. This type of dog is smart and excels in agility and obedience trials as it thrives on the attention it gets during training.
When it comes to children, the GLP is gentle due to its calm nature but its large size is a cause for concern when it comes to interaction with young children. Since they can easily inflict injury, albeit unintentionally, supervision is a must. Other dogs and feline pets are fine with the German Longhaired Pointers when they are well-socialised from a young age. However, care must still be observed as anytime the GLP can pounce and give chase to smaller animals.
A typical serving for an adult German Longhaired Pointers is 2.5 to 3 cups of premium dry dog food daily, equally divided into two meals. How much and how often it must be fed depend on several factors including age, metabolism, activity level, and health. If in doubt about the nutritional requirement of a GLP, make sure to consult with a veterinarian.
Below is a guide to typical calorie needs of an adult German Longhaired Pointer weighing 60 pounds.
Since the GLP is known to suffer from bloat, make sure to remember feeding it twice a day instead of serving one large meal. Protein-rich dog food is also important to support muscle growth especially for active dogs such as the German Longhaired Pointer.
The German Longhaired Pointer is generally healthy and can live for 12 to 14 years if properly cared for and given much love. Luckily, the GLP does not seem to suffer from any specific hereditary health problems. Although, it pays to make sure that it doesn't overeat as they it tends to suffer from bloat and excess weight that can cause joint problems.
The GLP is an energetic dog breed requiring adequate exercise. It must be given at least 2 hours' worth of daily activities, whether in the form of playing or working on some tasks. Being a gundog bred to hunt prey, it is likely to escape and follow its instinct. With this said, it is crucial to make sure that when the German Longhaired Pointer is off-leash outdoors, it must be within the bounds of a securely fenced backyard.
It is encouraging to know that a lot of people want a dog as a family member in their homes. Although the joy a dog brings is priceless, it will be foolish to think that buying and raising one do not come with a price. With that in mind, it will help to know how much a dog such as a German Longhaired will cost to buy and raise. Unfortunately, there is a limited number of puppies bred and registered per year so you may need to be on a waitlist. Regardless, if you're still keen to buy a German Longhaired puppy, it pays to know that it will cost about £800 for a purebred.
Then there's the need for a pet insurance, which is offered by insurance companies for £20 to £60 month for its coverage. When it comes to the costs to buy quality dog food, shelling out at least £40 a month will suffice, depending again on the nutritional requirement of the dog. Price for regular veterinary consultations and basic procedures (vaccinations, boosters, neutering etc.) will vary but will roughly cost you about £1,100 annually.
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