German Longhaired Pointer

The German Longhaired Pointer is the largest of the three German Pointers in the gundog group.

German Longhaired Pointer breed group


Size of German Longhaired Pointer

Large. A graceful, powerful and athletic dog.

Country of origin


Time of original development

The German Longhaired Pointer can be traced back in the U.K. in the 1890s but was only recognised by the Kennel Club in 1997.

The German Longhaired Pointer’s uses through History

A competent and intelligent working dog used for hunting, pointing and retrieving. It has been very sucessful in Field Trial Awards.

German Longhaired Pointer Introduction and Overview

The German Longhaired Pointer is a large, strong and intelligent breed that loves to work and keep busy. Although big in stature, the breed is placid, sensitive and affectionate within the family enviroment.

German Longhaired Pointer temperament

The German Longhaired Pointer makes a good family pet and is calm, relaxed and gentle in nature. It can be a little stand offish with other dogs but devoted and loving to his master. The breed can be a little sensitive and does not enjoy being left alone for long periods of time. A new puppy needs to be trained from an early age, but is intelligent and quick to learn. There’s normally few problems with adapting to other family dogs or other pets when introduced and socialised properly.

Colour varieties of the German Longhaired Pointer

The breed comes in a small handul of colours and markings including:

  • Brown
  • Brown and white
  • Dark brown roan
  • Trout coloured roan
  • White ticked

Size and weight of the German Longhaired Pointer

Height bitch 58-66cms

Height dog 60-70cms

Weight (kilos) bitch approx 30kgs

Weight (kilos) dog approx 30kgs

Exercise requirements of the German Longhaired Pointer

High. This breed will thrive on at least 2 hours of exercise each day so best suited to a physically fit and active owner.

Is the German Longhaired Pointer a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes it is, as the breed is a quick learner and generally obedient. However, this is a dog that prefers to be working and requires plenty of exercise and stimulation and not suited to living in a busy town or city unless it has access to plenty of green open spaces. Potential new owners of this breed should give very careful consideration to the physical and mental stimulation demands of this dog. Lack of stimulation can result in boredom and your dog may show signs of destructive behaviour or separation anxiety around the home. This breed would be happier in a working enviroment.

German Longhaired Pointer coat length

Medium. The breed has a coarse yet shiny coat with featherings on the chest, legs, tail, abdomen and ears.

Grooming requirements of the German Longhaired Pointer

Medium. The flowing feathers do require regular grooming to keep the coat matt free and healthy. In some dogs the feathers can grow to around 3-5cms. Working dog especially should be checked over for ticks and foreign bodies after walks. Ears should also be cleaned on regular basis and checked for any sign of infection.


No. The breed is sheds throughout the year.

Health Issues in the German Longhaired Pointer

The breed is generally healthy, but as with all big dogs, exercise and excessive jumping up and down should be kept to a minimum in the first year to protect vulnerable joints.

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the German Longhaired Pointer

A German Longhaired Pointer should live around 10-14 years.

Approximate German Longhaired Pointer pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £800 for a puppy, and be aware that litters are few and far between. There are usually between 2-8 puppies in an average litter. Only 15 Longhaired Pointers were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Insuring a German Longhaired Pointer

It’s a large dog with quite a high cost value, so expect to pay a higher premium than an average sized dog. Remember that whatever thepremium starts out at, dog insurance will always rise with your pet’s age after aboutfour years old and any on-going illnesses or conditions that the animal develops will also affect your annual insurance premiums from then on.

Estimating how much a German Longhaired Pointer would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 30kgs requires 365gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a German Longhaired Pointer is around £8.90

Other necessary costs to consider when owning any dog

Don’t forget to budget for regular and routine treatments that are not covered by pet insurance:

  • Worming
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Microchipping
  • Neutering and spaying