German Roughhaired Pointer
The German Roughhaired Pointer is classified in the pointing dog class. Pointing dogs were originally bred for hunting. They indicate to the hunter that they have found game.
The German Roughhaired Pointer has a calm and balanced character. He is very easy to train and extremely willing to learn. His alertness and protective instincts are strong, but can be well controlled. Males reach a withers height of 60 to 70 centimeters. Females are slightly smaller, growing to about 58 to 68 centimeters. The weight of a German Roughhaired Pointer is usually between 20 and 29 kilograms.
The coat of this dog is hard and bristly. It lies loosely and has a moderate undercoat. The German Roughhaired Pointer comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Often they are solid brown, or have a white chest patch. In addition, there are brown molds and light molds. The coat of the dog is about 4 centimeters long.
The physique of this dog breed is square and strong. It has a straight back line, which slopes slightly towards the croup. The skull is broadly built and slightly domed. The ears are smooth and drooping and have a high base. From his appearance the German Roughhaired Pointer reminds of a German Wirehaired Pointer.
The nature of the German Roughhaired Pointer is usually calm. His temperament comes out when his skills are nurtured through regular training. If you get a German Roughhaired Pointer into the family, you will get a friendly new roommate.
Your new darling is neither shy nor aggressive. If you keep your friend busy enough, he will be a loyal companion. However, you should make it clear to him that you have the leading position within the hierarchy. Only in this way will he be a loyal dog to you.
Among hunters, the German Roughhaired Pointer is very popular. However, it is rather not suitable as a pure family dog. Since this dog breed is very self-confident, you should also be a strong leader.
The natural instincts of the German Roughhaired Pointer can be well controlled with the right training. The best way to do this is to train him as a hunting dog. The education of the German Roughhaired Pointer is much more complex than with other dogs. Only the visit of a normal dog school is therefore unfortunately not enough. Normally the German Roughhaired Pointer is only given to hunters for this reason.
The right food
The German Roughhaired Pointer does not make any special demands on his diet. It is important that his food contains all the important nutrients. The meat content should be quite high. Treats should be given to your pet only in moderation. After all, you do not want his weight to shoot up unnecessarily.
German Roughhaired Pointer Care
In terms of grooming, the German Roughhaired Pointer is similar to many other hunting dogs. The care effort is therefore low. If you brush the coat of your four-legged friend once a week, this is quite sufficient. The German Roughhaired Pointer is very robust in health. Therefore, he is fortunately hardly susceptible to diseases.
If you want to keep your German Roughhaired Pointer as a hunting dog, you should get the appropriate accessories for it. These include special training whistles. Scents for training and dummy game should also find their way into your assortment.
Otherwise, you should get everything that every other dog needs. This includes, among other things, a leash and a collar. Various toys, bowls, brushes and a suitable sleeping accommodation may not be missing for your darling of course.
Origin & History
As the name suggests, the German Roughhaired Pointer originates from Germany. He is at the same time the oldest German rough-haired pointing dog. In 1888, the cynologist Hans von Kadisch was able to prove that the German Roughhaired Pointer is a form of the German hound. In his honor the "Club Stichelhaar" was founded in 1892.
The history of the German Roughhaired Pointer goes back many hundreds of years in time. Already in 1539 this dog breed could be admired on copper engravings.