German Pointers: Long-Haired, Short-Haired and Wire-Haired

German Pointers Dog Breed

The various breeds of German Pointer are closely related. The Short-haired form is the most common and is considered to be one of the best sporting dogs. It can work both as a pointer, indicating the presence of game, and as a retriever, while it is equally versatile on land or water. This dog breed has a mixed ancestry, which involved the Spanish Pointer, a number of native hounds and possibly the English form of the Pointer as well.

Origins: Germany
Coat Type/Colour: Long; Short and Wire; Wide Variety
Height: 24 – 25 Inch (61 – 63.5 cm)
Weight: 55 – 70 lb (25 – 31.2 kg)
Classification: Gundog
Nature: Responsive to Training

In turn, the German Short-haired Pointer contributed to the development of the Wire-haired form, known also as the Drahthaar.. Its wiry coat affords good protection in under-growth, while the dense undercoat is shed during the warmer summer months. German Pointers have all the usual attributes of gundogs, not least being the fact that they are responsive to training, although the Drahthaar may be slightly more difficult in this respect.

The German Long-haired Pointer or Langhaar has become quite scarce. This dog breed was used originally for falconry purpose. Its duller coloration has also counted against it. These pointers are either light brown or a dead-leaf shade, whereas greater variety is seen in the German Wire-haired, with liver and white combinations being common.

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