Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

United Kennel Club

German Long-haired Pointing Dog

(Deutsch Langhaar)

German Longhaired Pointer

German Long Haired Pointer


ORIGIN

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FCI
Germany.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
10.11.2011.
KC
December 2007

UTILISATION

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FCI
Versatile working Gundog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 7Pointing Dogs
Section 1.2Continental Pointing Dogs, Spaniel type
With working trial

KC
Gundog
UKC
Gun Dog

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs C. Seidler.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The German long-haired Pointing Dog combines the bloodlines of a bird-, hawk- and water dog as well as of Bracken (Scenthounds). He therefore has scope for great versatility. Pure breeding has been carried out since the year 1879 and main characteristics of the breed laid down. In the year 1897, Baron von Schorlemer set down the first standard for the German Long-haired and thus laid the foundation stone for today’s pure breeding.
UKC
The German Long Haired Pointer is descended from a combination of bird and water dogs as well as scenthounds, making it a very versatile breed. Pure breeding has been carried out since 1879. The German Long Haired Pointer was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Strong; muscular; low set; flowing lines. Small dogs must have plenty of substance. Too massive and thereby clumsy dogs are not desired.
KC
Medium sized, noble and elegant, powerfully built with overall impression of an energetic, well balanced dog.
UKC
Strong and muscular, with flowing lines. Small dogs must have plenty of substance, but overly massive or clumsy dogs are not desirable.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Muzzle and skull of equal length. Dog should not be overbuilt. Slightly higher at shoulder than rump.
KC
Dual purpose Pointer/Retriever, very keen nose, determined hunter and game-finder; equally good on land and in water.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Balanced, calm, controlled temperament, good natured, easily trained.
KC
Calm, even tempered. Alert, biddable and very loyal.
UKC
Good natured and easily trained, with a calm nature.

HEAD

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FCI
Special value must be attached to the beautiful Long-haired head. Noble appearance, elongated.
KC
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.
UKC
The beautiful Long Haired head is of special value. It is long and has a noble appearance.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Slightly rounded.
UKC
The skull and muzzle are of equal length. The skull is slightly rounded, and the stop is gently rising, not deep or sharp.

Stop

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FCI
Gently rising, not deep and sharp.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Noseleather: Brown, slightly lighter spots permitted.
UKC
Brown, with slightly lighter spots permitted.

Muzzle

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FCI
Nosebridge: Lightly arched, not too slender.
KC
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.
UKC
Not too slender, with a slightly arched bridge. The lips overlap slightly.

Lips

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FCI
Not overlapping too much.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws not too fine. Well developed and complete (42 teeth) scissor bite i.e. upper incisors closely overlapping the lower incisors. Teeth formula 3142 --- x 2 = 42 --- 3143
UKC
The German Long Haired Pointer has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

Cheeks

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FCI
Cheekbones not too strong.

Eyes

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FCI
Colour Brown, as dark as possible. Lids fitting close to eyeballs, without visible haw. Set neither too deep, nor protruding.
KC
Brown, as dark as possible, of medium size slightly oval shaped, neither deep set nor protruding. Tight eyelids, no visible haw.
UKC
As dark brown as possible, with close fitting lids.

Ears

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KC
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.
UKC
Not set on too low, turned slightly forward.

Leathers

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FCI
Not set on too low, turned slightly forward.

NECK

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FCI
Strong and noble. No dewlap. Getting harmoniously stronger towards the chest. Not too short.
KC
Moderate length, muscular and slightly arched, without dewlap; joining the shoulders and chest smoothly.
UKC
Clean and fairly long, tapering gradually in width towards the head.

BODY

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KC
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.
UKC
The chest is broad and deep, with well developed forechest. The back is straight and firm, not too long. The topline slopes gently from withers to croup. The loin is especially muscular and the croup is long and sloping.

Back

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FCI
Straight, firm, not too long.

Loin

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FCI
Specially muscular.

Croup

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FCI
Long, with moderate slope.

Chest

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FCI
Forechest well developed, ribcage broad and deep, reaching at least to elbows.

TAIL

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FCI
Carried not too steep. It should be carried horizontally, the last third being slightly turned up.
KC
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.
UKC
The tail should be carried horizontally, with the last third turned up.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
In normal stance, bones of upper arm, forearm and of foot, seen from the front, should form an almost vertical line.
KC
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.
UKC
The shoulders are close fitting. The shoulder blade and upper arm form an apparent right angle.

Shoulder

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FCI
Close fitting. Seen from side, in repose, shoulder-blade and upper arm should form approximately a right angle.

Elbow

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FCI
Close fitting.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Seen from the front, the legs are perfectly straight down to the foot. The elbow is close fitting, and the pastern is slightly sloping.

Pastern

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FCI
Pastern joint: Slightly angulated.
Pastern: Not quite straight.

FEET

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KC
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.
UKC
Oval, with tight toes and coarse pads.

Forefeet

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FCI
Pads coarse and strong.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Seen from behind, the hip bone, upper thigh, bones of lower thigh and of foot should form a vertical line.
KC
Long croup, slightly sloping. Stifles well bent. Hind legs straight when viewed from rear. Pasterns nearly upright.
UKC
Seen from behind, the bones of the hip, upper and lower thigh and foot should form a vertical line.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
There should be good angulation at the hock joint. Dewclaws should be removed.

Hock

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FCI
Special value is attached to good angulation.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Dewclaws: Are to be removed at birth.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Ground covering movement with good drive from hindquarters.
KC
Free, long-striding, stylish and graceful, with good forward reach and powerful drive from hindquarters.
UKC
Ground covering, with strong drive.

SKIN

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FCI
Close fitting to body, no wrinkles.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI

The greatest importance is attached to correct coat, neither excessive growth nor too short hair. On back and sides of body Hair 3 - 5 cm, close fitting. On underside of neck, on chest and belly, coat may be longer.
Belly Well coated.
Leathers Hair wavy and feathered.
Tail With good plume, coated to tip.
Back of front legs Feathered.
Back of hind legs Feathered, forming breeches.
Below hock Hair significantly shorter. Too much feathering is not desired. Dense short hair between toes.
Head Hair much shorter, but all the same, longer than on a short-haired German Pointing Dog. Topknot not desired.
On body Hair is sleek, firm, smooth or slightly wavy, close fitting. Dense with good undercoat.
KC
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.
UKC
On the back and sides of the body, the hair is shorter and close fitting, dense with good undercoat. On the underside of the neck, on the chest and on the belly, it is longer. The ears, tail and back of the legs are nicely feathered. On the head, the hair is short and smooth.

COLOUR

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FCI

  • Self coloured brown.
  • Brown with white or speckled markings (specially on chest and feet).
  • Dark roan (with large or smaller dark brown patches; brown head, possibly with white blaze, snip or star).
  • Pale roan (with large or smaller pale brown patches; brown head with possibly white blaze, snip or star).
  • Mottled (many small brown spots on white background; head brown, possibly with white blaze, snip or star).
  • Brown and white, either pure brown and white or with very few small spots (large brown patches with saddle or blanket. Head brown, possibly with white blaze, snip or star).
Occasionally fawn markings may occur as a very old throw-back to the Hounds.
KC
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.
UKC
Solid colored brown, or brown and white in many combinations, roaned, patched, mottled or speckled. Occasionally, fawn markings occur as a throwback to the hounds.

SIZE

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KC
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).
UKC
Ideal height at the withers for males is 25-26 inches. For females, it is 23½ to 24½ inches. The average weight is approximately 65 pounds.

Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs 60-70 cm, ideal height 63-66 cm.
Bitches 58-66 cm, ideal height 60-63 cm.

Weight

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FCI
Weight average 30 kg.

FAULTS

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FCI

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.
  • Eyes: Pale hawk-eye, slanting position of eyes.
  • Ears: Not carried against the cheeks, leathery tips.
  • Back: Hollow back, roach back.
  • Chest: Barrel shaped or too narrow.
  • Tail: Curled or hooked tail.
  • Forequarters: Scapulo-humeral angle too open, pastern too straight.
  • Hindquarters: Cowhocked, bow legged.
  • Feet: Splayed feet, cat or hare feet.
  • Texture of coat: Longer hair on beard; bushy eyebrows; curly coat.
KC
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 and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC

Eyes: Yellow eyes.
Tail: Curled or hooked tail.
Coat: Curly coat.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • General appearance: Dogs with insufficient bone and muscle.
  • Head: Dogs with heads diverging from breed type.
  • Eyes: Ectropion (lids turned outwards). Entropion (lids turned inwards). Also eyelids which have been corrected.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Entropion or ectropion.
Eyes: Entropion or ectropion.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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