- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 23" - 28"
- 45-75 lbs.
- 12 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
The Pointer originated in great Britain.
Date Of Origin
This breed developed in the 1600's.
The pointer was developed in the late seventeenth century in England to be used when hunting with the slow-loading flintlock gun. Hunters needed a dog that could stay on point until they were ready to shoot. It is unclear whether the pointer was originally developed in Spain, Britain, or somewhere else. Some believe it was developed at the same time in several countries. The breed is probably a cross of foxhounds, greyhounds, and bloodhounds. The working ability rather than looks are most important to fanciers.
The pointer is a large, muscular, square-shaped dog. The long, well chiseled head is rectangular with a long muzzle that is equal in length to the width of the skull. There is a brown or black nose (it can be lighter in lighter colored dogs) and drop ears. The tail is naturally short and carried slightly higher than the topline. The short, smooth coat is liver, lemon, black, orange, or a combination of colors.
It is a friendly, even-tempered, hardworking, and enthusiastic. It gets along well with children and other dogs but likes to run and has a strong prey drive.
Its name, pointer, describes its stance when in the presence of game. Its point is always spectacular as it assumes a statuesque, motionless pose. Untiring, obedient, and with an exceptional sense of smell, it is best adapted to hunting such feathered game as woodcock, quail, or pheasant; but it is adaptable to all kinds of hunting.
Deafness, eye disorders.
It does best in an active rural home where it is allowed to participate in a job or activity.
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The Howell Book Of Dogs
Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007
Author: Liz Palika
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Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein
Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980
Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler
The New Encyclopedia of the Dog
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000
Author: Bruce Fogle