American Gointer

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United States
English Pointer
Golden Retriever
The American Gointer is a hybrid breed that was developed by crossbreeding Golden Retrievers and English Pointers. Though the origin of this breed is not well known, Golden Retrievers are well documented to hail from Scotland, where they were bred from various hunting dogs in the 1800s. English Pointers were developed in England a century before from Spanish Pointers brought over by English officers. The American Gointer combines the hunting characteristics of both dogs to create a proportionately bodied, active, and affectionate companion. The Gointer is a loyal and loving member of the family, who needs minimal grooming and lots of exercise. This is an energetic dog who will follow you anywhere, on camping trips, hikes, and even for a swim.
Purpose
Sporting
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
English Pointer, Golden Retriever

American Gointer Breed History

The American Gointer is a cross between the Golden Retriever and the English Pointer. Little is known of the early origins of the Gointer, and since they are a modern hybrid, they are not recognized by the AKC. While many of the Gointers are a 50/50 mix, there are breeders who breed these hybrids over multiple generations, which can vary the amounts of each purebred in any given puppy. The English Pointer’s story is believed to begin in Spain. Somewhere between 1650 and 1713, English officers brought Spanish Pointers to England, where they were crossbred with many other breeds. Bloodhounds gave them a scenting ability, Greyhounds lent their grace and speed, and Foxhounds contributed a well-developed rib cage and endurance. The resulting dogs were a bit ferocious, and were then bred with Setters. Pointers then became versatile hunting dogs and good tempered family dogs. This elegant breed made its way to the United States somewhere between the time of the early colonists and the Civil War, and was finally recognized by the AKC in 1879. Today, these Pointers are called English Pointers to distinguish them from other Pointers, such as Spanish Pointers. While the Pointers were being developed in England, their neighbors in Scotland developed the Golden Retriever in the early 1800s. They were bred from a yellow wavy-coated Retriever and a water Spaniel by Lord Tweedmouth, who lived on the Tweed River. Those puppies were then crossbred with Tweed Spaniels, black Retrievers, Setters and a Bloodhound. Sometime around 1900, Lord Tweedmouth’s sons brought the resulting Flat-Coated Yellow Retriever to America to their Texas farm. By 1912, the breed was distinguished as a separate breed, and was then recognized by the AKC sometime between 1925 and 1932. While at first, the Golden Retriever was prized as a hunting dog, it later became known as a show dog and a good family pet. Since, the breed’s intelligence has made it an invaluable working dog, and many Goldens are trained as guide, therapy, and service dogs.

American Gointer Breed Appearance

The American Gointer can carry many of the traits of both the English Pointers and Golden Retrievers from which it is bred. A medium to large sized breed, the Gointer is an athletic dog with a proportionate body. A round head often takes on the facial features of the Golden Retriever, with round-shaped dark eyes, and a, broad muzzle of average length that ends in a black nose. Soft and silky ears are generally floppy, and hang loosely down each side of the head. The coat is comprised of short, dense fur that is straight and held close to the skin. The color is usually a golden fawn or light cream that is typical for Golden Retrievers, but often takes on variations that come from the Pointer. These include light to chocolate browns, with possible white patches on the feet, tail, shoulders, or between the eyes.

American Gointer Breed Maintenance

The American Gointer requires a minimal amount of grooming. This is a dog who can shed and is not hypoallergenic. A weekly brushing will cut down on hair left behind on floors and furniture, as well as remove debris, and keep the coat shiny and healthy. An occasional bath will keep the coat clean, and help to reduce any smell. Do not bathe too often, however, as it can strip the Gointer’s coat of its natural oils, causing dry and flaky skin. Be sure to regularly clean the ears, and keep them dry, as this breed’s floppy ears are prone to infections.

American Gointer Activity Requirements

The American Gointer is a sweet and loyal dog, who makes strong bonds with the members of his family. While not aggressive, they are keenly aware of their surroundings, and make excellent guard dogs. Their energy and playfulness make them suitable companions for children of any age, as well as for other household pets. Though highly intelligent, they can be stubborn, and will benefit greatly from early socialization and training. This is a highly trainable breed, who does best with firm and consistent commands, along with lots of positive praise. The high energy level of the Gointer means that this breed needs plenty of physical and mental stimulation to prevent destructive or obsessive behaviors from forming. Daily exercise can include fitness activities, retrieving sessions, or swims. The American Gointer also makes an excellent hunting companion, and will enjoy spending quality time with their owners in outside activities. This is a breed who thrives with an active family who pays a lot of attention to them.

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