This breed was re-introduced to Great Britain in the 1990s and recognised by the Kennel Club in 1997. Previously, German Longhaired Pointers were present in Great Britain in the 1890s.
He is one of three German Pointers now recognised in the UK, the Shorthaired and Wirehaired having been here for much longer. They differ not only in their coats but also in their body proportions and size. He is the largest of the three.
He was first shown at a show in Frankfurt in 1878, where the first standard was produced. Interestingly, the Shorthaired standard was produced in Germany at the same time, while that for the Wirehaired was produced three years later.
Like the other German Pointers, he works as a Hunt, Point and Retrieve Gundog. He has been enthusiastically worked in the UK, and has gained Field Trial awards. He has also been successfully shown, but he is very much a dog for the country.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Gundog Breed Group
Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.