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Pointer (English)

Bred to hunt, the Pointer has a body that is compact and powerful but also extremely nimble and quick. The breed has a medium-wide skull with well chiseled features and eye-level ears that, when hanging naturally, reach just beneath the jaw. The dark eyes are round, contrast with the color of the dog’s markings, and convey a sense of readiness and intensity. The Pointer has a tight, thick coat that can be white, black, liver, orange or lemon. The feet are oval-shaped with arched, somewhat protracted toes, and the tail is of medium length, tapering from a fairly broad base to a fine point just before reaching the hocks.

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Fast Facts

13 - 15 years
17th century
55 - 75 lb
45 - 65 lb
25 - 28"
23 - 26"
Poynter, Pointor or Pinter.
English Pointer

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Pointer (English) Temperament

The Pointer is a dignified, proud and outgoing hunting companion....

Extremely patient, loyal and loving, but also very active, this breed is always good with children and can make an outstanding family dog. With proper socialization and obedience training, Pointers will typically get along very well with dogs and other pets. Strangers are greeted with initial suspicion, and perhaps timidity, but are soon welcomed into the fold. This breed is usually very good with children, although an adolescent Pointer that has reached near-adult size without attaining adult control of body and mind may be too rambunctious for small children. The independent streak inherent to some dogs of this breed results in a varying level of trainability contingent on the handler’s ability to assert dominance. Obedience training at a young age is strongly recommended, particularly for less experienced owners.

Caring For a Pointer (English)

The Pointer is an extremely active breed, with some field lines being so energetic that they may not do well as house pets....

The tireless Pointer absolutely requires an active lifestyle that includes daily runs or, if at all possible, actual field work. Without adequate fitness the breed can become destructive, antisocial and problematic. The Pointer is considered a moderate shedder and its short, smooth coat is easy to groom. Still, regular baths and an occasional brushing will do the dog well. It is important to check the ears, footpads and nails from time to time to detect potential injuries before they are aggravated.

Pointer (English) History

A Brief History of the Pointer (English)

Historical records indicate that pointing dogs rose to prominence in a number of European nations simultaneously during the 16th and 17th centuries, including Britain, Portugal and Spain....

These were the first dogs bred to locate and point at game, alerting a gun-carrying hunter or coursing breed, such as a Greyhound, to the presence of a target. The English Pointer, which the AKC now recognizes simply as the Pointer, came on the scene around 1650, and was descended from Greyhound, Foxhound, Bloodhound and Spaniel blood. Subsequent pairings with heavier Spanish Pointers and Italian Pointers led to the English Pointer we recognize today. The Pointer was introduced to the United States in the mid-19th century and gained American Kennel Club recognition in 1878. The Westminster Kennel Club has had a long love affair with the Pointer, and was originally organized around the breed; the Pointer still adorns the Club’s emblem and has won the Westminster Kennel Club Show three times. Today, the Pointer enjoys considerable popularity as a show, trial and hunting dog, but is rarely seen as a pet.