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Pointer Breed Summary

Active, Highly-Alert, Enthusiastic, Loving and Loyal

These dogs used to be very popular amongst hunters because of their excellent hunting skills and great stamina! However, they also blossom within a family environment as they boast loving and kind natures.

They absolutely love the outdoors and due to their high energy, need to be given lots of walks and exercise to ensure that they remain happy and healthy!

Fun Fact: Over time they have been depicted in many works of art!

Kennel Club Group Sporting
Lifespan 12 - 14 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 25in - 28in, Females 23in - 26in
Weight Males 55lb - 75lb, Females 45lb - 65lb
Coat Coat is Short, Fine, Hard and Straight
Color Black, Black & White, Lemon, Lemon & White,Liver, Liver & White, Orange, Orange & White
Eye color Brown or Hazel
Common health issues Cancer, Aortic stenosis, Hip dysplasia, Skin allergies, Hereditary epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Wobbler syndrome, Osteochondritis of the shoulders, Entropion of the eyes, Hereditary cataracts, Deafness, Gout

Those that have Pointers consider them as 'members of the family' as opposed to pets, which is no surprise due to their active and alert natures! They absolutely love 'hoomans' and get on extremely well with kids with enough energy to run around with them all day. Because of their high vigilance, English Pointers also make excellent watchdogs and will always voice their opinions on anything they become wary of. They do need plenty of exercise and would suit a family who enjoy going on runs or cycling so that these dogs can jog alongside! Although they are not known to get bad cases of separation anxiety, their enthusiastic personalities mean they need lots of on-going exercise and mental stimulation, so they are best suited to owners who have time on their hands!

The breed's name is also its job description: Pointers point, and they've been pointing for centuries. In the days before rifles, British pointing dogs hunted hares in tandem with coursing hounds. The Pointer would find and indicate prey, and the hounds gave chase. In the 1700s, with the rise of wing-shooting, the Pointer became a devoted and durable gun dog. In pointing and retrieving game birds, Pointers have few peers—and their fans say that no dog does it better.