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Description :

The POINTER, often called the English Pointer, is a breed of dog developed as a gun dog. It is one of several pointing breeds.

The Pointer should be athletic and graceful. The immediate impression should be of a compact, hard-driving hunting dog, alert and "ready to let go." The primary distinguishing features of this breed are the

Region of Origin: England

Original purpose: hunting birds

Life span: 14 to 15 years                                      

Living condition:

Pointer dogs are not recommended for apartment life. They are moderately active indoors.

Grooming of pointer dog:                                                       

Grooming English Pointers is not time-consuming. Their coat is very short and needs only a quick rub with a soft brush to minimise shedding.


The standard colorings of the Pointer are liver and white, lemon and white, orange and white or black and white. Lemon and white dogs have a flesh colored nose, while orange and white dogs have dark (black or very dark brown) pigmentation on their nose and around their eyes. They may also be any of the above as solid colours, the body of most Pointers is mainly white, but there may be some body markings.


Pointers are even-tempered, congenial dogs happiest living indoors as part of the family. Pointers are affectionate and loyal. Their aggression level is very low to non-existent and they can happily co-exist with other dogs and often cats. Pointers are typically not territorial, although their size and bark will intimidate most people who come to your door. Pointers are very good with children, although young children and a clumsy young Pointer are often not the best combination.

Activity level:

English Pointers overall are a very energetic active breed.  Because of their naturally high energy level most require a large amount of intense exercise to keep dog in top hunting shape.

Size: Pointers usually measure approximately 25 to 28 inches in height at shoulder. Bitches measure approximately 23 to 26 inches at the shoulder.

Pointer as a hunter:

The pointer is employed to find upland game. In performing his task as a hunters' aid, there are some skills that may be expected when hunting with pointers.

  • Point The dog should find and point out the location of birds.
  • Honor Honoring is defined as when a dog stops immediately or within a few steps, usually in a pointing stance, upon observing a bracemate on point.                                                                                                                                                   
  • Retrieve Pointers are not expected to be natural retrievers, but are often trained and expected to find dead or wounded game.

History of Pointer: The history of the Pointer, like many breeds, is a reasonably debatable topic. (Cavanaugh, 1997). There are records of Pointers in England as far back as 1650 (Cavanaugh, 1997.) According to one source, the pointer came to be in the sixteenth and seventeenth century when pointing breeds including the Spanish pointer were brought from the European mainland to England. (Fergus, 2002).

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