The Pointer!

The Pointer, also known as the English Pointer, is a keen hunter and loyal companion. The breed is noted for its endurance despite warm conditions. Its sleek yet strong build contributes to its abilities as a hunting dog. It exhibits an effortless gait that enables it to travel over wide distances when hunting. When closing in on target, the field Pointer tends to carry its tail in an upright position.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
12 to 15 years

Energy Level:
Higher than average.

Living Conditions:
Not ideal for apartments.


Exercise Needs:
Needs outdoor hunting activities and regular walks.

Breed Group:


21 to 24 inches

44 to 66 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Solid colors such as lemon, liver, orange, or black, or any of these colors combined with white.

National breed club:
American Pointer Club

Pointer Skills

The Pointer may have been developed as a bird pointer in the 18th century, but it was previously used as a hare pointer the century before. It was also one of the more popular breeds to be shown when dog shows became popular in the 19th century. Currently, the breed does well in pointing field trials, and remains to be a popular choice for companion.

Pointer Personality

This breed tends to be calm at home and quite refined towards children, though may be too boisterous for smaller kids. Composed behavior should not be expected of this dog when outdoors, however, as hunting instincts are observed early on and may be impossible to prevent. Quite an independent breed, the Pointer is usually good around dogs and other pets. Some tend to be shy, thus early socialization is ideal.

Exercise Needs

The Pointer needs a great deal of exercise to keep it happy; it tends to get frustrated, and can resort to destructive behavior, with a lack of physical activity. It is a good choice for dog owners who are extremely active.

Living Conditions

The Pointer may be too active to stay in an apartment; a house with a large yard is more ideal for this type. It can live outside in moderate to warm conditions, provided that it has a warm shelter and soft beddings for sleeping, though time spent with its people is encouraged.

Grooming Requirements

Infrequent brushing of its coat to remove dead and loose hair is just about the only coat maintenance requirement for this breed. Those taken to the field will require a more careful upkeep, including inspection of the feet and drying off with a towel right after a hunting trip.

Health Issues

Some health concerns to look out for include hip dysplasia, entropion, cataract, and dwarfism. Skin conditions are also possible, as are tail injuries.

If you liked this dog…

If you liked the Pointer and are ready for a larger pet, then the Greyhound may be worth a try. A fast runner and natural hunter, it is also a well-mannered breed indoors.


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