The German longhaired pointer (GLP) is the least common of the German pointing breeds developed as multipurpose gundogs for the roving hunter. It descends from a heavier dog that was crossed in the mid 1850s with English pointers and setters for greater speed.
The modern GLP is a muscular and elegant dog with a spaniel-like head, long limbs and a firm wavy coat in solid brown or roan, often with white markings. Selected for intense hunt drive and to work at distance to its handler, it has boundless energy which must be channelled and kept under control. The GLP can be a loyal companion in very active working homes, affectionate with children and sociable with other dogs. It is well-suited to life in the countryside with plenty of space to run.
The GLP is a good choice for rough shooting in all kinds of terrain, from hill to woodland and water. It is highly trainable but sensitive to harsh methods.