In April 1994 a bitch puppy was the first Longhair to be introduced into England. She was named Freya of Melissant and was one of nine puppies born in quarantine. The other eight litter mates were on their way to Ireland.
In April 1996 an adult bitch from the Kreppelse Heide kennel was imported in whelp and she had eight puppies. She was Iris V.D. Kreppelse Heide, a field trial champion in Holland and the litter sister to the twice world champion Igor V.D. Kreppelse Heide. Freya and Iris were the foundation of the breed in the UK.
In October 1996 the German Longhaired Pointer Club was formed by a group of enthusiasts who had a long-standing and very keen interest in H.P.R. dogs. Having made several trips to Holland to watch Spring and Autumn trials, the Europa Cup and the World Championships, it was the 'Langhaar' that caught their eye and started it all off.
It has always been the aim of the founder members to promote, improve and maintain the German Longhaired Pointer as a working gundog and that has certainly been done with the help of our very good friends in the Dutch Longhair Club and the German Longhair Club and through them a determined effort was made to contact the top working kennels in Holland to gain more information
Since then other dogs have been imported from Ireland, Holland and Germany. Also bitches have been taken to Holland to be mated to top working dogs. The Club could boast no fewer than fourteen different bloodlines within the 150 dogs registered in England by 2004.
In 1997 The German Longhaired Pointer was accepted on the Import Register and the Kennel Club formally registered our Breed Club in 1999. During the following fourteen years there were no fewer than five Field Trial Champions made up (one of which was at the Kennel Club HPR Championship Stake) with a number of other dogs qualified to run in Open Stakes. Many other dogs have since gained their studbook numbers by winning or being placed in Novice and All-Aged stakes.
It was a German Longhaired Pointer that was awarded Best Import Register Dog in 2002. The success of the breed in the Show Ring also shows the impact of the bloodlines that have formed the foundation of the breed.
The Club continues to go from strength to strength and in January 2006 The Kennel Club confirmed recognition of longhairs by transferring the breed to the Breed Register. Longhairs now have classes at Championship Shows and at Crufts from 2007. Details are published in the dog press.