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Pointer Facts

  • Group
  • Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 23" - 28"
  • Weight
  • 45-75 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • White / Black
    • White / Brown
    • White / Orange
    • White / Yellow
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

English Pointer


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.

Health Concerns

Deafness, eye disorders.

Additional Information

It does best in an active rural home where it is allowed to participate in a job or activity.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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