Deutsch Langhaar FCI Standard
The Stober Dog was a proud owner of the long lavish coat and was favoured for its incredible capability in locating game on any kind of terrain. German breeders aimed to enhance inherent qualities of this dog and crossed it with other hunting dogs. As a result they created a slow-moving canine with rich long hair, which was later named the Deutsch Langsam. The popularity of this breed reached its peak with the invention of the flintlock. The point is that this type of weaponry was able only to wound the quarry and a dog was assigned to find the shot game.
When vast areas of dense forests in northern regions of Germany were progressively exterminated, open field turned into a true hunting ground. The Deutsch Langsam appeared to be useless in tracking and pointing feathered game. German avid hunters intended to produce a faster version of the Deutsch Langsam, which would also be distinguishable for a superb scenting ability. To achieve this goal they mated the breed with Scottish and English Setters. However, because these breeding attempts were quite chaotic, they led to deterioration of the quality of the Deutsch Langsam, which became extremely variable in sizes, appearance and working characteristics.
With the assistance of some concerned fanciers the situation was improved. In 1879, best specimens of the Long-Haired German Pointers were picked out at an exhibition in Hannover in order to establish the breed’s general traits. At the same year the standard for the Deutsch Langhaar was developed and it hasn’t changed much to this days.
The German Long-Haired Pointing Dog still represents a valuable asset for many German hunters but it’s also kept by quite a few dogs’ enthusiasts as a lovely family dog. However, the breed hasn’t yet gained much recognition outside its native country.
The Deutsch Langhaar is rather tolerable to the presence of strange people. Actually majority of specimens displays friendliness towards them. However, in some lines excessive shyness may turn out to be a problem. The dog possesses a rather strong territorial instinct, which makes it a pretty good watchdog. It constantly monitors its surroundings and timely signals to its master when someone nears the house door. But this breed lacks necessary aggressiveness to become a reasonable guard dog.
The German Long-Haired Pointing Dog used to work in company of dozens of other dogs so it usually gets along with other canines. This doesn’t mean though that it shouldn’t be introduced to their company since an early age. On the contrary, only extensive socialisation can ensure its problem-free co-habitation with another dog. The breed is extremely dangerous for other animals because of its powerful prey drive. In some cases the Deutsch Langhaar will harass even a home cat with which it has been brought up together.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• ear infections.
The ears of the Deutsch Langhaar tend to be easily infected and require thorough and systematic inspection and cleaning especially after each hunting trip. This breed is an average shedder.
The German Long-Haired Pointing Dog reacts with wilful and defiant behaviour to harsh treatment, which means that in its training should be used exclusively positive reinforcement and praise. It’s worth to remember that this biddable breed won’t follow commands of a meek or week handler so he/her should become an authoritative leader for the dog in order to earn its respect and compliance.
This smart dog strives not only for physical but also for mental stimulation. It will lose its sweet temper and become a nasty, disobedient creature if it doesn’t receive enough physical outlets on a daily basis. The Deutsch Langhaar fits best to the countryside where it will have plenty of space to move and play.
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