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German Longhaired Pointer Dog Breed

The breed was developed in Germany several centuries ago as a hunting dog. However, it was rather slow and had to be crossed with English Pointers and Setters to improve its flaws in speed and temperament. This pointer dog weighs from 60 to 70 pounds and has a height of 23 to 28 inches. It has a large square head with a square muzzle to complement it. Muscular and athletic, it has a short and thick neck, broad shoulders and a deep chest. Its legs are muscular and covered in long flowing hair, ending in webbed feet (a common trait shared by German Pointers. The eyes are round and dark in colour with a serene and gentle expression. Its coat is short to medium length, thick, firm and shiny in texture. The colour is solid dark brown with white markings on the chest and paws, and dark brown roan with large patches of solid brown.

The German Longhaired Pointer is a highly intelligent breed that used to be fiercely stubborn but centuries of developing the breed eliminated this negative trait. As a family pet they are very affectionate, gentle and friendly and enjoy playing with children as well as other dogs. They are sociable and easy to train but must be given a job to do otherwise they will be sedentary. They have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.

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