The German Longhaired Sprointer is a designer dog, a deliberate crossbreed between the German Longhaired Pointer and the Springer Spaniel breeds, two optimistic and friendly gun dogs one from England and the other from Germany. Spaniels like the Springer Spaniel are classified as a gun dog but they have been assisting hunters since long before the gun was invented. Initially, these dogs were bred to flush game out of the deep brush for bow hunters and in some cases, to retrieve birds from where they had fallen. The first spaniels were divided into two groups based on where they worked; water spaniels and land spaniels. At some point in the 1600s, a distinction was made between types of land spaniels and they began to be classified as either Springer or Cocker Spaniel, based entirely on the size of the dog. Smaller Spaniels were employed to flush out both game and game-birds like woodcocks, giving them the name of Cocker Spaniel, and the larger spaniels, any that were over 28 pounds, were given the name Springer Spaniel for their ability to “spring” game animals for the hunt. It wasn’t until 1902 that the Kennel Club of England granted Springer and Cocker Spaniels separate breed status and the American Kennel Club recognized them shortly afterwards in 1910. The German Longhaired Pointer began its development in Germany as early as the mid 1800’s as a long haired pointing dog. During this dog’s initial development breeding records were erratic but it is believed that local flushing dogs were mixed with English Setters and Pointers as well as other dogs. Although many color varieties of dogs existed when the breed was first being developed, the breed standards that were drawn up in 1879 specified that this breed should sport brown or brown and white coats. This breed was developed around the same time as the German Shorthaired and the German Wirehaired varieties, they were only recognized as foundation stock by the American Kennel Club in 2010, and have not yet been recognized as a separate breed.