German Longhaired Sprointer

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55-65 lbs
22-25"
Unknown
German Longhaired Pointer
English Springer Spaniel

The German Longhaired Sprointer is a result of the crossbreeding of the German Longhaired Pointer and a Springer Spaniel, two enthusiastic hunting dogs with differing specialties. These dogs are friendly, high energy animals with a quick and adaptable mind. This is a muscular but elegant canine who is very sensitive to the needs of its family and has the high endurance needed to hunt, spring, and retrieve game for hours on end. This enthusiastic and optimistic animal is fairly good with children of all ages, although they may be a little overexuberant for the smallest children, particularly before the dog has matured. This hybrid loves to be close to its family at all times and can be prone to separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

Purpose
Hunting dog and home companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
German Longhaired Pointer and English Springer Spaniel

German Longhaired Sprointer Health

Average Size
Male German Longhaired Sprointer size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 55-65 lbs
Female German Longhaired Sprointer size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 55-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Heart Trouble
Minor Concerns
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
  • Pica
  • Phosphofructokinase (PFK) Deficiency
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Lysosomal Storage Diseases
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Endoscopy
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrocardiogram

German Longhaired Sprointer Breed History

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.

German Longhaired Sprointer Breed Appearance

The German Longhaired Sprointer is an athletic animal, with a head that is well-built but not heavy, exhibiting a slightly rounded skull and a long, strong muzzle that is somewhat square in shape. They usually will have oval shaped brown eyes (although hazel may show up on occasion) and long rounded ears that are set low on the skull and hang down well past the jawline. These dogs should have particularly well developed and muscular hips and thighs and a feathered tail that they carry horizontally behind themselves. Their coat is double layered, consisting of a short dense undercoat that is protected by a more weatherproof outer layer. The glossy outer layer may be either sleek and smooth like the Longhaired Pointer or slightly shorter and wavy like the Springer Spaniel and will typically have feathering on the ears, the legs, and the feet as well as on the tail.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown German Longhaired Sprointer eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black German Longhaired Sprointer nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black German Longhaired Sprointer coat
Black
brown German Longhaired Sprointer coat
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
German Longhaired Sprointer wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

German Longhaired Sprointer Breed Maintenance

Bathing is recommended about every six to eight weeks for both the German Longhaired Pointer and the English Springer Spaniel and the same would be true of their offspring, unless they get dirty or muddy. German Longhaired Sprointers do have a tendency to get dirty and muddy more often than most dog breeds though, as they enjoy splashing through puddles and have a habit of chasing things through mud. Fortunately, they are not prone to problems with dry skin if frequent bathing does become necessary. They do need to be brushed several times a week in order to control shedding and to prevent tangling and matting, particularly the feathered areas around the ears, chest, legs, and belly as these areas are prone to tangles and should be carefully inspected.

Brushes for German Longhaired Sprointer
Dematter
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
German Longhaired Sprointer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

German Longhaired Sprointer Temperament

This crossbreed is an enthusiastic and intelligent canine, always on the trail of the next best thing. They are very loyal to their family, although they can have a tendency to be more loyal to one particular member of their family. Their devotion can sometimes cross the line from loyalty to clinginess, and separation anxiety may develop if left alone for too long. German Longhaired Sprointers are typically tolerant of all ages of people, although they may be too boisterous for very young children; their reactions to other dogs can vary somewhat from dog to dog, however, with some being quite unreservedly social and others being more cautious with new dogs or situations. Early and consistant socialization and training will help steer this gregarious dog in the right direction, although some same-sex dog aggression may be particularly persistent. They do have a fairly high prey drive and have a tendency to chase smaller animals, although early socialization can help with this trait as well.

German Longhaired Sprointer Activity Requirements

German Longhaired Sprointers are spirited and active dogs that require fairly lengthy exercise regimens, usually at least 90 to 120 minutes a day, although most would be more than happy to make it longer. Along with walking and jogging, this hybrid may enjoy alternative exercises like hunting and  tracking exercises, swimming, and endless games of fetch. This crossbreed has not only an active body, but also an active mind, and mental stimulation is a must to prevent noisy or destructive habits from developing. This hybrid is not fond of being confined and is happiest with plenty of space to safely run and hunt, so they are not generally suited to apartment living.  

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

German Longhaired Sprointer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

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