Pointollie

45-65 lbs
22-25"
United Kingdom
Pointer
Collie
Pointer Collie

The Pointollie is a hybrid dog, and most often this refers to a mix between the Collie and the Pointer, although some breeders are labelling other mixes with the same name, such as Border Collie and Pointer, or German Shorthaired Pointer and Collie. This is still a fairly rare combination, although it seems to be gaining popularity in the United Kingdom. The result of the mix between the Collie and the Pointer is a reserved and dignified canine that can make an excellent watch dog, hunting companion, or exercise buddy, but due to their sensitivity they also require care and a soft touch during training and a great deal of calm positive interaction and socialization to increase their confidence. 

Purpose
Hunting, Watchdog, Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
English Pointer and Collie

Pointollie Health

Average Size
Male Pointollie size stats
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 55-75 lbs
Female Pointollie size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 45-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Cataracts
  • Pemphigus
  • Pannus
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Cleft Lip or Palate
  • Platelet Dysfunction
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy (Ataxia)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemophilia
  • X-linked Muscular Dystrophy
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
  • Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)
  • Follicular Dysplasias
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Samples
  • Blood Tests and Analysis
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging

Pointollie Breed History

The Pointollie is a designer dog, a combination between the Collie, a large agile herding dog from the British Isles, and the Pointer, an active and athletic hunting companion that is also known as the English Pointer. The Collie is a very old breed with a foundation that is obscured by history, but we do know that they were used as sheepdogs in the highland areas of Scotland for centuries, in both the rough and smooth coated varieties. Before they caught the fancy of English dog show enthusiasts, they were developed to both herd and guard the flock, and they did so quite effectively. Queen Victoria took an interest in this breed during a visit to Scotland in the mid 1800s, causing a large increase in the popularity of this breed in England, particularly through the 1860s and 1870s. The breed standard for the Collie in England was drawn up in 1886, the same year that the Collie Club of America, Inc became one of the first American specialty clubs. The Pointer is often referred to as the English Pointer as it was refined and popularized in England, but most historians believe that the first ancestors of these dogs were actually from Spain. Although there is currently no way to know their full ancestry, some of the dog breeds that are believed to have contributed to the Pointer as we know it today include Spanish Setters, Foxhound, Bloodhound, Italian Pointers, Bull Terriers, and even Greyhounds. They were mainly used to hunt and point for hare, allowing the Greyhounds to catch and kill the quarry, although today they are better known for their exceptional skills in the field as bird dogs. It is important to note that although the name Pointerollie is usually referring to a mix between the Pointer breed and the Collie, some breeders are using this label for Pointers crossed with Border Collie, or even for Collies crossed with German Shorthaired Pointers, which obviously would result in a very different hybrid.  

Pointollie Breed Appearance

This is a fairly lean medium-large canine, which stands around two feet high at the shoulder and weighs between 50 and 75 pounds. The two parent breeds differ significantly in structure and appearance so Pointollie hybrids may also differ significantly from dog to dog, even within the same litter. Although both parent breeds have well-proportioned heads, the wedge-shaped skull and tapered muzzle of the Collie are generally much narrower than that of the Pointer, with almond-shaped eyes rather than rounded and while they usually come in brown, the Collie genetics may produce some dogs with merle or glass colored eyes as well. The ears can range anywhere from the small, upright, triangular ears of the the Collie to the longer, hanging ears of the Pointer, although medium length ears that sit fairly high on the head and fold forward or to the sides seem to be common. Both the Pointer and the smooth variety of the Collie have short, hard coat that is dense and flat, though the Collie has a copious undercoat, but this crossbreed may also inherit the longer, rough coat that is often associated with the Collie dog. 

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Pointollie eyes
Blue
brown Pointollie eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pointollie nose
Black
brown Pointollie nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
sable Pointollie coat
Sable
fawn Pointollie coat
Fawn
isabella Pointollie coat
Isabella
brown Pointollie coat
Brown
black Pointollie coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pointollie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pointollie Breed Maintenance

In many of cases, this canine will have a fairly simple grooming routine; baths are only needed a few times a year, unless the dog gets into something particularly smelly or messy, and brushing is a snap for those dogs that inherit the short, smooth coat of either the Pointer or the smooth variety of Collie. Some dogs will inherit the coat of the rough Collie instead, which will increase the amount time needed for brushing and grooming. Dogs with this longer coat, or even a medium-length coat with the thick undercoat of the rough Collie will require brushing on a daily basis not just to control shedding, but to remove tangles and mats from the coat. Special attention should be paid to the undercoat, as severe matting in the undercoat can cause damage to the underlying skin. 

Brushes for Pointollie
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pointollie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pointollie Temperament

The Pointollie is typically a sensitive canine that tends to carry itself with a dignified air. Both parent breeds tend to be soft natured and the Pointollie is likely to acquire this same soft nature, which means that socialization is of particular importance in preventing timid or anxious behaviors from developing. This canine is quite intelligent and does not like being confined or left alone for too long, and may respond to these triggers by excessive vocalizations or with destructive chewing and digging. Neither the Collie nor the Pointer is naturally demonstrative nor aggressive towards strangers or other animals, usually exhibiting a reserved but polite quality. Some of these dogs will get along quite well with children of all ages, but others may inherit a high-strung and hypersensitive nature from the Collie side and others may exhibit overly boisterous behaviors of the Pointer that can inadvertently knock down smaller children, so all interactions should be carefully supervised. This crossbreed may also get a slight stubborn streak from both parent breeds, however, they usually respond well to patient and calm obedience training and are generally very food motivated. 

Pointollie Activity Requirements

This is an active and athletic crossbreed and although the contribution from the Collie breed may relax the activity requirements somewhat, this canine should still receive at least an hour of vigorous activity per day to remain fit and healthy. Exercise for these dogs is often most effective when broken down into multiple smaller sessions and many Pointollie dogs may also enjoy taking part in tracking or herding events, as well as long walks or jogs. This hybrid is far to active for the smaller space of an apartment, and will be much more manageable in a larger home with a yard to run and play in. 

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

Pointollie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.30
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Pointollie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pointollie size stats at six months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Pointollie size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 37 lbs
12 Months
Male Pointollie size stats at 12 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Female Pointollie size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 50 lbs
18 Months
Male Pointollie size stats at 18 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 65 lbs
Female Pointollie size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 55 lbs

Pointollie Owner Experiences

Jett
14 Weeks
1 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
He has not long started going on walks
He is very loveable and likes to play a lot.
9 months, 1 week ago
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