This dog was developed at the end of the 19th century, by breeders who wanted a dog faster than both wiry hair and short hair German pointers. It was obtained through the crossbreeding with English Setters and Pointers. It was shown for the first time in a canine exhibition in Germany in 1879.
It is a medium- to large-sized dog, with a brawny, robust body, with an elegant look. The head is long, with a slightly arched skull, with a conical muzzle equal in length to the skull and a brown nose. The eyes are medium-sized and brown. The ears are wide, drooping close to the head and covered with long, slightly curly hair. The tail is bushy at the tip, carried horizontally, well-stretched or kept low. The fur is double-layered, with a first fluffy, thick inner layer and an outer layer made of rough, glossy, slightly wavy hair, longer on the neck, chest and belly. The hair on the head is short and smooth, the hair on the legs, tail and ears is longer, forming fringes. The fur can be brown, brown with white patches, reddish-brown with brown areas of different sizes or reddish-brown spotted with many small brown patches on a white background and a brown head with or without a white star on its forehead.
This dog is intelligent, eager to learn, gentle, well-balanced, hard working, tenacious and friendly. It is obedient and devoted to its family. It is cheerful and affectionate with children. It gets along well with other dogs and other household animals.
This dog's fur needs to be brushed regularly and trimmed when required.
This dog feels best with an active family, in a yard, where it can move freely. It is more difficult to raise it in a flat, because it enjoys being busy and doesn't adapt to a sedentary life. It likes to swim, to play fetch, to run in wide open spaces and especially to hunt. It needs training and socialization.
It is an intelligent, eager to learn, hard working dog and therefore it is not difficult to train. With a consistent, gentle, varied, firm training, good results can be obtained. It likes canine sports.
It is used for hunting for any kind of prey, in any type of field and especially for rummaging in thicket and in marshes. It is a pleasant companion.