Description: These reasonably quick learners are intelligent, friendly, lovable, affectionate, levelheaded dogs that are first-class game pointers. Pointers stand absolutely still as they point toward game birds after catching their scent in the wind.
The English Pointer is full of energy and go-power. Loyal and devoted, the dog is a true friend. Kind and patient with children, the English Pointer is most well mannered. The Pointer is clean dog and an energetic and enthusiastic hunter, yet calm at home. These dogs are wise and adaptable to every situation. Socialize well at an early age to combat a tendency for timidity. Some can be high-strung. They tend to be a bit willful, distractible and reserved with strangers. They will bark at suspicious noises, but are not watchdogs.
Other Names: English Pointer
Height: 24 - 27 inches
Weight: 44 - 66 lbs.
Colors: Lemon and white, orange and white, liver and white, black and white; self (pure) colors and tricolors.
Coat: Short, dense and smooth.
Temperament: Responsive, lively, independent.
With Children: Yes, tolerant, playful and loving.
With Pets: Yes, will accept other animals
Guard-dog: Medium - High
Care and Exercise: Minimal grooming which should consist of a quick rub with a rough cloth a few times a week. Rigorous exercise is mandatory as confinement may result in hyperactivity.
Training: Obedience training is strongly recommended. He can make a good house pet if handled and trained as a small puppy.
Learning Rate: Low, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - Low
Activity: Very High
Living Environment: Not designed for apartment life or a first dog as he has tremendous energy which must be directed into some task. He is suited for kennel life as he requires less personal attention than many other sporting dogs. He will do better in a rural area. Owners of a Pointer must tolerate the dog's high strung, task-oriented temperament.
Health Issues: Elbow and hip dysplasia, PRA, epilepsy.
Life Span: 12 - 14 Years
Litter Size: 5 - 6
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: There is no exact record of where the first Pointers came from, some say Spain and Portugal, other say eastern Europe and England. What is agreed upon is that he was crossed with the old Spanish Pointer and a lighter-boned variety of Foxhound.
First Registered by the AKC: 1879
AKC Group: Sporting Group