Pointerul german cu păr lung este un câine de vânătoare atletic, de talie medie (aprox. 30 kg la 65 cm înălțime la greabăn) cu blană întunecată, fină și deasă. Este ușor de confundat cu Münsterländer-ul de talie mare cu care este și strâns înrudit. Ambele rase au aceeași origine. Canisa s-a separat datorită diferențelor de opinie ale crescătorilor în două tabere din care au evoluat cele două rase.
Rasa pointerului german cu păr lung este considerată rasă multidiversificată de vânătoare și se înscrie în categoria pointerilor (standard FCI nr. 117, grupa 7, secțiunea 1 – pointeri continentali, tip spaniel).
The German longhaired pointer is very muscular, athletic and elegant. It is, however, not bulky. Its weight is around 66 pounds (30 kilograms). Its length ranges from 24-28 inches for male and 23-26 inches for females at the wither. It moves very fast and with a lot of freedom. Just like their cousin, the German shorthaired pointer, the German longhaired pointer has webbed feet. When moving around, their strides are long and are made with a lot of freedom.
Its coat measures about 1.2 to 2 inches long on the body. With feathering, the coat is usually longer. The coat is firm, slightly wavy and shiny. Its undercoat is dense but not so dense as to prevent guard hairs from standing out from the body. The coats colour is solid liver. It is white along the chest and paws. It is also white at the top of the muzzle. At the head, back, ears and base of the tail it has large patches of solid brown.
The German longhaired breed is gentle, intelligent, friendly and kind. They show a lot of affection to their family members. When separated from these family members, they often experience separation anxiety. Unless they get exercised properly, they make poor pets. This is because of their energetic and aggressive nature. However, when properly exercised, they make some of the best pets because really enjoy playing around with children. They are also a very social breed- they easily interact with other dogs.
The GLP is easy to train. It is also very hardworking and energetic. As such, they need a lot of daily exercises. A daily long walk with the owner is enough but if more energetic exercises can be performed the better. Since GLPs are very active and energetic, they need a lot of room to run around in. That is why they are unsuited for urban life. Rural areas form their ideal setting where the owner takes it for hunts regularly. Grooming should be done at least once every week. As for their health, GLPs generally have a robust health. Unlike German shorthaired pointers, GLPs are quite rare. This makes them unprofitable to irresponsible breeders who are often responsible for most of the genetic disorders that affect many dog breeds. For this reason, they don't have any genetic disorder. As far as their health is concerned, their Achilles heel is their ears. The ears are prone to many mild infections if not taken care of well. Fortunately, this can be avoided by regularly cleaning the GLPs ear. This cleaning should also be done immediately after swimming.
The GLPs high intelligence, athletic traits and ease of training makes them one of the best dog sports. Well-trained and taken care of, they will prove a wonderful dog to have around in the home.
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