Pointer

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45-65 lbs
23-26"
England
English Pointer

The Pointer, also known as the English Pointer, is named as such due to its ability to “point” and aim its muzzle at small game. The Pointer is one of the earliest Sporting breeds, dating to as far back as the 17th century. The Pointer weighs an average of 45 to 75 pounds and grows as tall as 23 to 28 inches high. The Pointer has origins in the county of England in the 1600s with an early purpose of pointing at the hunted prey. It is said that the Pointer originated from a combination of other breeds such as the Italian Pointer, Spanish Pointer, Foxhound, Bloodhound, Greyhound, Newfoundland, Setter, and Bulldog. Described as an even-tempered, fun-loving and loyal breed, the Pointer is an excellent hunter and will accompany you on retrieving small game. Maintaining the Pointer is relatively simple due to its short and thin coat. Weekly brushing is recommended to minimize the shedding. The Pointer fares best in a home with a large enclosed area in order to exercise and work out his energy.

Purpose
hunting, pointing
Date of Origin
1600s
Ancestry
pointer, hound, newfoundland dog, setter, bulldog

Pointer Health

Sketch of Pointer
Average Size
Male Pointer size stats
Height: 25-28 inches Weight: 55-75 lbs
Female Pointer size stats
Height: 23-26 inches Weight: 45-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Hip
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Pointer Breed History

Early records of the Pointer indicate that the breed may have been around since the 1600s in Spain. The current Pointer originated in England and was named after its ability to be able to “point” its muzzle at small game. There is some speculation as to which breeds the Pointer was developed from such as the Italian Pointer, Spanish Pointer, Foxhound, Greyhound, Bloodhound, Setter, and Bulldog. While the exact ancestry is not well-documented, these breeds are commonly accepted as part of the Pointer's ancestry. Early versions of the Pointer were described as less than friendly and vicious creatures bred just to hunt and kill game. One of the Pointer's original ancestors, the Spanish Pointer, was effective at catching game but was slow-moving. When self-loading guns rose in popularity, hunters needed a quick companion in order to be able to catch up to prey. The Pointer's original purpose was to point out rabbits and eventually moved on to the ability to spot birds. In 1884, the Pointer was officially recognized by the AKC. In the 19th century, there were efforts to breed the Pointer to make him easier to train as well to format a friendlier disposition. Before the Civil War, the Pointer was imported to the United States where it gained popularity for hunting quail. Since then, its appearance has been modified. The Pointer was the breed preferred when it came to hunting due to its ability to remain motionless until the prey was shot down. The breed is considered to have an excellent tracking reputation with effective pointing abilities. 

Pointer Breed Appearance

The Pointer's appearance is described as a muscular body with a proud stance. This canine is athletic and remains alert with every sound heard. Endless stamina is used to take advantage of its skill in the field. The Pointer’s head is always pointed upwards when out in the field and its tail is usually moving back and forth. This breed has a full-length straight tail that is posed upwards when in its natural stance. Pendant ears move from side to side when tracking prey. Its coat is described as a short, smooth coat with shine. Official colors designated by the AKC are as follows: black, black and white, lemon, lemon and white, liver, liver and white, orange, orange and white with black, liver, self-colored, or ticked points. The skull of the Pointer is of medium width with a slight furrow between the eyes. 

Appearance of Pointer
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Pointer eyes
Hazel
brown Pointer eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pointer nose
Black
brown Pointer nose
Brown
isabella Pointer nose
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pointer coat
Black
brown Pointer coat
Brown
white Pointer coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pointer straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pointer Breed Maintenance

The Pointer's short, dense coat requires minimal grooming. Weekly brushing will allow shedding to be maintained. It is recommended to bathe this breed when absolutely necessary. Bathing under 6 weeks is usually not needed since it can stimulate oils in the skin, causing overproduction of oils. Nails should be trimmed every 2 to 3 weeks to prevent overgrowth. This breed does not have any specific or strong odors. It is a high energy breed which requires intense and vigorous exercise in order to maintain a high quality of life. This breed would not be appropriate in an apartment setting due to its needs out in the field. It would fare best in a large home with a sufficient yard in order to run around. If not provided with vigorous exercise and activity, the energetic Pointer is likely to engage in destructive behavior. The Pointer will be most comfortable in an average climate because of its short coat. It does not have a particular diet but it is recommended to follow an optimum dietary guideline. 

Brushes for Pointer
Pin Brush
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pointer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pointer Temperament

The Pointer is known for its mischievous temperament out in the field. It enjoys being able to point and track birds. This breed is highly responsive and independent but also loves to spend time with his family. It has a big heart and is constantly searching for attention from human companionship. The Pointer loves to be surrounded by his family and enjoys being able to spend time with children. Older children may be most suited to this active and physical breed and when treated with respect, the Pointer will maintain his affection for them. This animal family member is flexible and capable of adjusting to many different situations. The Pointer is known to be hesitant towards strangers and may initially bark at them since it is unfamiliar with them. It is not recommended to use this breed to serve as an effective watchdog as it will become easily distracted by birds. The Pointer may chase after other small animals so it is recommended to train the breed early on. The Pointer will alert its family to any incoming visitors as well as anything unusual. This intelligent canine is capable of being trained but be forewarned – it may be difficult. The Pointer is a smart breed and may become stubborn during training sessions. It is recommended to introduce firm commands and reward for proper behavior.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Pointer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Pointer Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Pointer at six months
Male Pointer size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Female Pointer size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 17 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Pointer at 12 months
Male Pointer size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Female Pointer size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 27 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Pointer at 18 months
Male Pointer size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Female Pointer size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 50 lbs

Top Pointer Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Pointer breeders of 2018.
Top Pointer breeder Carter Brittany Kennels
Carter Brittany Kennels
Ambrose, Georgia
Top Pointer breeder Outback Kennels
Outback Kennels
Kensington, Kansas
Top Pointer breeder Shady Meadows Gundogs
Shady Meadows Gundogs
Merriam, Kansas
Top Pointer breeder Rockin' G Kennel
Rockin' G Kennel
Newalla, Oklahoma

Pointer Owner Experiences

2 Years
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The Pointer I've walked a few times is a great dog with tons of energy. He's very friendly and will usually jump up on you a bit when you first arrive. I usually hold him on a short leash in crowded areas to make sure he doesn't jump up on anyone we pass on the street. He is a very fast walker and would defintiely prefer to run! He's pretty strong and can be hard to hold back once he gets excited about something. Squirrels are the main thing that will get him over-excited and occasionally he will lung for one even though he's on the leash and might drag you with him unless you're ready! They definitely need to get all their energy out through playing and running but they are also super affectionate and fun dogs.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
4 Years
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other dogs
The pointers I've walked have been uniformly excellent! I grew up with hunting dogs, so I've got a lot of experience with them. They tend to be extremely friendly, if a little jumpy with people. They are usually pretty good with other dogs, but they can be a bit of a handful if the other dog is on the street and they decide to jump around or try running with each other. At the dog park they tend to be great, as the other dogs will chase them around to their hearts content.
5 months ago
2 Years
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Sniffing
When I arrived, he was extremely excited! He was jumping and knew I was there to take him out. These dogs are extremely high energy and are bred for hunting so therefore they are really curious. They want to sniff everything and anything and are very hard to pull away. That being said, they are also very energetic. It takes a lot to tire them out but they don’t get tired easily so a long walk won’t be a problem for them. It is very easy to get them to play, fetch or run. Animals are something you should watch out for. If you see a squirrel or rabbit, expect the dog to pull and be ready to counter that. Don’t be surprised if they go after an animal or attempt to run at one, just be ready for it and don’t lose hold of the dog. My experience with pointers’ temperaments is that they are friendly with other dogs but it can vary based on age and gender. Pointers are very athletic and usually have a muscular build and a short coat.
5 months ago
3 Years
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Absolutely love to Walk and Walk and Walk and Walk plays with toys high-energy very well behaved very well trained had a blast
5 months ago
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