The Pointer, or as it is often called, the English Pointer is a fairly large dog breed that was carefully bred through centuries in order to become the ultimate hunting and pointing dog. They were mostly used for hunting small animals and birds but these days they are excellent house and family pets that have plenty of energy and willingness to play. They are truly versatile and are great for both dog sports and show rings.

They are alert and energetic, they have short hair that is quite easy to maintain and that is precisely what makes these dogs great watchdogs and family pets. They will alert you about anyone or anything approaching and they aren’t afraid of many things. Since they were bred to be active gun dogs, these dogs need a lot of daily exercise and mental activity in order to not get bored and destructive. Like many other breeds, the Pointer can develop bad behavior if they are left alone for too long and don’t have a proper energy outlet. Playing fetch, swimming, jogging, and cycling are some of their favorite activities.

Canine historians believe that original pointing dogs came from Spain and the first pointers came to England in 1713 from the Netherlands that was under Spanish control during that time.

Pointer Height


23-28 in (59-71 cm)

Pointer Weight


45-75 lb (20-34 kg)

Pointer Origin


Great Britain

Pointer Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12-17 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI standard

The Pointer is one of the most famous, if not the most famous, gun dogs in the world so it isn’t a big surprise that they are registered and accepted by most of the world’s major cynology associations. The biggest cynology association in the world is the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) with 98 member states. This association has a standard for these dogs and the standard describes them as being symmetrical and well built. These dogs have graceful curves. The FCI has placed the Pointer in Group 7 (Pointing Dogs), Section 2.1 (British and Irish Pointers and Setters, Pointer). This standard has defined the required sizes for these dogs and the size for male Pointers is 25 - 27 in (63 - 69 cm) and 24 - 26 in (61 - 66 cm) for the females. These dogs are required to have a working trial.

The Pointer was registered by the FCI on the 5th of March 1963.

AKC standard

This hunting breed is known throughout the world for its hunting, pointing, and retrieving skills so it is no wonder that it is fully registered by the governing cynology association in the United States of America. The American Kennel Club has a standard for these dogs and it describes them as giving the impression of compact power and agile gracefulness.

This standard says that male dogs should have a height between 25 and 28 in (63 - 71 cm) and the female dogs should be between 23 and 26 in (59 - 66 cm).

These dogs were accepted by the AKC in 1878 and it was the first dog breed imported to their registry.

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Pointer breeders

Before you start searching for Pointer breeders, make sure that this breed is the one for you. these are active dogs that need plenty of exercise on a daily basis. Make sure you have enough time to invest and spend with them. Also, try and check if the breeder you are talking to is registered and reputable. Even if you have to wait some time for your new puppy, it will be worth your while because you will receive a great and stable dog that was carefully bred.


World Dog Finder team