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German Pointers – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium to Large
Weight: Varies from the different breeds
Height: Varies from the different breeds
Longevity: 14
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt German Pointers, Dog Breed Guide

Introduction

There are three German pointers dog breeds from Germany. These are the German Longhaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, and the German Shorthaired Pointer.

Longhaired German Pointers are medium sized dogs that are powerful and elegant in appearance. They have a double coat with a dense undercoat and a close-fitting smooth or slightly wavy outer coat. The Shorthaired Pointers come in medium to large sizes; they are muscular and have a symmetrical well balanced physique. These German pointing dogs have short double coats that have a short and smooth outer coat. The Wirehaired Pointers are the ones who are nearly squarely shaped. They are medium in size and have a muscular physique. These dogs have a wiry outer coat that is weather-resistant. This wiry outer coating lies over a dense insulating undercoat. It also has wiry hair on its beard, whiskers, and eyebrows.

Official Name

German Pointers
Other Name:
German Longhaired Pointer
German Wirehaired Pointer
German Shorthaired Pointer.

Origin

Date – 19th to 20th century / Country – Germany
Family / Group – Gun Dog, Sporting

Recognized By

The German Longhaired Pointer dog breed is recognized by;
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Canadian Kennel Club, Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.

The German Shorthaired Pointer dog breed is recognized by;
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club

The German Wirehaired Pointer dog breed is recognized by;
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc
Australian National Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America
United Kennel Club

History

All of the three German Pointers were originally developed in Germany. The German Wirehaired Pointer was developed during the 20th century and saw international recognition as a breed during the late 1950s. The German Shorthaired Pointers were developed during the 19th century and saw international recognition in 1930. German Longhaired Pointer is the oldest of the three German Pointer dog breeds. They were first developed in 1879.

Personality

All three of German Pointer dog breeds are known to be even-tempered dogs. They are friendly and very active. The German Longhaired Pointer tends to be more aloof when compared to the other two breeds.

Bred For

They are show dogs, obedience competition athletes, gundog, retrieving, tracking trials, field trials, and hunting tests.

Environment

German Pointers are dogs that are not recommended for apartment life. The three varieties do best with a large yard.

Grooming

German Longhaired Pointer dogs require moderate grooming attention. The German Wirehaired Pointer dogs require time and attention for grooming. They should be brushed about twice a week with a firm bristle brush and will require stripping and plucking. The smooth coat of the Pointer is very easy to groom. All three breeds are average shedders.

Training

Training will be moderately difficult as these dogs have a tendency to be very dominant against weakness. Firm and consistent authority is a must while training.

Health

All three German Pointer variants are prone to hip dysplasia. Some lines of the German Shorthaired Pointers are prone to have epileptic seizures, hip dysplasia, hermaphrodism, and lymphedema. Some lines of the German Wirehaired Pointer are prone to infections around their ear area, genetic diseases that affect the eyesight and skin cancers.

Exercise

German pointing dogs are extremely energetic. So energetic that these pointing dogs are known to be tireless! They require plenty of daily vigorous exercise. It is highly recommended to have daily, brisk, long walk, jog or running sessions with them.

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