German Roughhaired Pointer

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German Roughhaired Pointer
Other namesDeutscher Stichelhaariger Vorstehhund
Hessischen Rauhbart
German Broken-Coated Pointer
Common nicknamesStichelhaar
Height Dogs 60–70 cm (24–28 in)
Bitches 58–68 cm (23–27 in)
Coat Stiff, harsh and bristly
Colour Brown, brown roan or light roan, with or without white chest patch and brown patches
Kennel club standards
VDH standard
Fédération Cynologique Internationale standard
Dog (domestic dog)

The German Roughhaired Pointer, the Deutscher Stichelhaariger Vorstehhund in German, is a medium-sized breed of pointing dog developed in Germany.


In the early 19th-century there were several varieties of rough-haired pointers found throughout Germany, with few attempts at standardising them as breeds.[1] At some point in the development of the German Roughhaired Pointer old German shepherd dog blood was introduced; the word stichelhaariger in the breed name translates to rough-haired, reflective of this blood.[1][2] Nearly extinct by the middle of the century the Roughhaired Pointer was saved through the efforts of a single breeder and in the second half of the century serious attempts were made to standardise the type and by the end of the century it was accepted as a district breed.[1][3]

The German Roughhaired Pointer has never been as popular as the other German pointer breeds and is rarely if ever seen outside of Germany.[3]


The German Roughhaired Pointer is a medium-sized breed, their appearance is very similar to the more numerous German Wirehaired Pointer and the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, their overall appearance is robust without being overly heavy.[1][2][3] The breed standard states they stand between 58 and 70 centimetres (23 and 28 in), with dogs standing between 60 and 70 centimetres (24 and 28 in) and bitches between 58 and 68 centimetres (23 and 27 in).[2][4]

The principal difference between the breed and the German Wirehaired Pointer is the head, it differs in being heavier and broader, something it inherited from its shepherd forebears; it has hanging ears and particularly long eyebrows which give it an almost threatening appearance.[1][2] The breed's stiff, harsh and bristly coat is usually 37 millimetres (1.5 in) long; they can be solid brown, brown roan or light roan in colour, some have a white patch on their chest whilst some roan examples also have brown patches in their coats.[2]

The breed known to be particularly aggressive towards predatory animals and very wary of strangers.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Morris, Desmond (2001). Dogs: the ultimate dictionary of over 1,000 dog breeds. North Pomfret, VT: Trafalgar Square Publishing. p. 265. ISBN 1-57076-219-8.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Fiorone, Fiorenzo (1973). The encyclopedia of dogs: the canine breeds. New York: Thomas Y. Cromwell Company. pp. 272–273. ISBN 0-690-00056-1.
  3. ^ a b c Alderton, David (1987). The dog: the most complete, illustrated, practical guide to dogs and their world. London: New Burlington Books. pp. 60–61. ISBN 0-948872-13-6.
  4. ^ "FCI-Standard N° 232: Deutsch Stichelhaar" (PDF). Fédération Cynologique Internationale. 13 March 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2021.