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Pointer

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.

Pointer Height

Height:

23-28 in (59-71 cm)

Pointer Weight

Weight:

45-75 lb (20-34 kg)

Pointer Origin

Origin:

Great Britain

Pointer Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12-17 years

Breed History

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.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Trainability
Intelligence
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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Grooming

Pointer dogs have a short and shiny coat. Weekly brushing is required for your dog to look at his best. Pointers shed but only lightly and weekly brushing will keep the amount of hair under control.

Pointer coat colors:

  • Liver
  • Lemon
  • Black
  • Orange

All colors can be in combination with white pr solid colored. These dogs cant have bad color.

Brush their teeth at least three times a week to prevent tartar buildup and infections. Make sure you use products that are made especially for dogs as human products could potentially harm them. Trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally. A good indication is if you can hear them clicking on the floor while they walk. Clean their ears and check for signs of redness or infections. Use a cotton cloth and never insert anything in their ear canal. You can always check with your Vet about the products you should use and the proper technique.

Exercise

The Pointer a highly energetic and active breed. They were bred to work all day, so these dogs need a lot of daily exercise. These dogs need an active lifestyle to be happy. They love to be outside and be part of the action, whether running and chasing balls, playing, jumping or jogging. If you are thinking about getting a Pointer, make sure you have enough free time and energy to spend it outside playing and training your Pointer. If your schedule can’t allow you that, consider getting some less active breed. Except for daily activity, these dogs also need consistency.

Socialization

The Pointer is widely known as a true hunting breed, and their temperament might need some adjustment for them to become good pets. Hunting breeds are usually extremely active, and they need a decent amount of daily exercise if you want them to behave as family pets. Only when their activity needs are fulfilled are these dogs ready to train and become obedient. 

 

Like with any other breed, the Pointer reacts best to positive training methods. Their natural hunting instincts are always present, and their hunting skills only need to be sharpened. If you are training them to become house pets, you will need to include many treats and praises. Make training a fun and interesting experience, and you will start noticing good results pretty soon. Never use punishment as a training method; correct the dog’s unwanted behavior calmly and continue with the training. Negative training methods can result in shy or even aggressive dogs. 

There are many ways you can socialize your Pointer, and the most important thing to do is to get your dog familiar with different situations they can find themselves in. Take your dog to dog parks where they can meet other dogs and people. They can learn to react accordingly and understand that they don’t need to be scared of strangers and other dogs.

Pointer and kids

Pointers are excellent family dogs that will get along with every family member including children. Take note that kids need to be taught how to properly play and interact with a dog so Pointer can enjoy their company. If they are raised together from an early age they will be their playing parting and they will enjoy spending time together.

Pointer and other animals

The Pointer might be a hunting breed, but they can quickly adapt to family living and a beloved family pet’s role. These dogs have become a lot better adapted to house life through selective breeding, and their hunting instincts and working ability haven’t been promoted so strongly. 

If they are adequately trained, the Pointers can become as good a pet as any other breed. They will have a lot more energy than your average lap dog, but if you live an active life, you can have a great companion that will gladly follow you on all your adventures. These dogs can even learn to coexist with other pets

Health problems

Pointers are dogs with a life expectancy of 12-17 years. Like any other dog breed, they are prone to some health problems that every (future) owner should be aware of. To be sure that you'll get the healthiest possible dog, never buy a dog from a puppy mill breeder or a pet store. Pointers can suffer from

  • Epilepsy - Brain problem causing mild to severe seizures.
  • Hip dysplasia - Genetic problem affecting hips resulting from an improperly formed hip joint.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - Group of diseases that affect the retina and cause it to deteriorate over time.
  • Cataracts - Cloudy spots on the lens of the eye
  • Ear infections - Especially for dogs that love water, you need to check their ears regularly for signs of infections or redness.
  • Entropion - A defect causing the eyelid to roll inward. 
  • Cherry eye
  • Addisons disease
  • Allergies - these dogs are prone to have allergic reactions to specific foods, products, or medications.

To be sure that your dog will be healthy always buy him from a responsible dog breeder who regularly tests their breeding dogs to secure that their puppies will be healthy as well.

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 sometime for your new puppy, it will be worth your while because you will receive a great and stable dog that was carefully bred.

When you bring your new puppy home start with the training and socialization immediately. By doing so, you will end up with a well-behaved dog whom you can trust. Provide him with enough daily exercise for him to be happy. If you have any questions or doubts any good breeder will welcome your questions because they also want their puppies to go into a good home.

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Updated at28.06.2020.

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