The German Longhaired Pointer (GLP) began as a small 16th century Wachtelhund type, evolved into a larger but heavy and slow type, and was begun to be developed into the modern GLP with infusion of English setter breeds in the late 1800’s.
At this time there were black and white and liver and white GLP’s, but a divergence occurred and the black & whites were no long included into the studbook. Their way ahead lay as the Large Munsterlander.
Further Breeding with Gordon setters and possibly the GSP produced a more elegant type suited to upland bird work as well as water retrieving and predator sharpness.
The GLP is a strong, muscular, fairly low set dog with substance, but not overdone retaining it’s fleetness as a bird dog.
Of calm temperament, the GLP is a true roughshooters dog, and is used for Falconry.
The skull of the GLP is slightly rounded, the skull and muzzle are of equal length divided by a slight stop. The foreface has the typical slight ‘German’ convex arch, and the muzzle is of moderate depth, lips tight. The ear set on is fairly low, the eyes brown.
Chest is well developed and deep, the back is straight and firm and the loins strong. In appearance the GLP is slightly longer than square.
Coat is 3-5 cm long on the body, dense and sleek or slightly wavy with an undercoat. Feathering on chest, belly and backs of legs with a plume on the tail. The hair on the head is shorter, but not as short as in the GSP.
Colour is liver (brown), liver and white, liver & white with liver patches, or ticked all over.
The head is liver but may have a white snip or blaze.
Size dogs 63-66cm