|Also known as the English Pointer, the Pointer is a large sporting dog that hunts by scent. Powerful yet aristocratic, the Pointer has an alert, intelligent expression and is full of energy.
The Pointer is an ideal hunting dog, and his even temperament makes him a great companion dog in the field. He is a congenial housedog as well. To locate game, the pointer stands rigid with his nose pointing in the direction of the prey and his tall tail held high and straight above his body.
The breed is thought by some to have originated in Spain, but the first reliable records on Pointers are from 17th century Britain. The English Pointer is believed to have been established by crossing a number of different hounds and possibly a spaniel breed.
Living with a Pointer
A Pointer needs room to run and might not make an ideal apartment dog. The breed tends to be a bit reserved with strangers, but within the family is calm and adaptable. The Pointer is very active outdoors and hunting instincts develop very early, with some puppies showing pointing behavior as young as 6-7 weeks of age. The Pointer is usually good with other pets.
The short, smooth coat of the Pointer is groomed easily, but can still have skin problems. Start getting a pup used to being examined and groomed early on.
According to the AKC, the Pointer's "every movement shows him to be a wide-awake, hard-driving hunting dog possessing stamina, courage, and the desire to go. And in his expression are the loyalty and devotion of a true friend of man."