The English Pointer is excellent at locating game, to ‘point’ is an instinctual skill of the Pointer.
The Pointer is a sophisticated breed, with quite a mix of dog breeds bearing strong characteristics in its background. It is believed to have a heiratage of Greyhound, Bloodhound, Foxhound and Bull Terrier. This type of mix in its makeup adds to its abilities as a prize hunting dog.
The English Pointer was bred as a hunting dog but also makes a lively and friendly pet. These dogs are affectionate, intelligent, and loyal. They are also known for being very energetic. Dogs from show lines tend to do better as pets than those from field lines due to their more moderate energy levels.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Carnivora
- Family: Canidae
- Genus: Canis
- Species: lupus familiaris
The Pointer was carefully bred to be a hunting dog. They have historically been used to locate game for hunters, and were often paired with retrievers who would chase or retrieve the game. It is believed that the Pointer’s background includes Greyhounds, Foxhounds, Bloodhounds, and Bull Terriers
Today, Pointers are occasionally bred with Labradors and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Pointers are muscular, with short coats. They may be white, liver, lemon, black, or orange, and they may be solid, patched, speckled, or tri-colored. Ears are mid-length and pendant-shaped. Eyes are hazel or chestnut, and the tail is long, straight and tapering. Males measure 22-24 inches tall; females, 21-24 inches tall. Weight should be between 44 and 66 pounds.
Care and Feeding
The Pointer’s diet should include brown rice, avocado, poultry, and fish. Regular brushing and as-needed bathing will keep your Pointer’s coat looking beautiful. It is important to check the feet and ears regularly.
Pointers should have annual checkups. Vaccinations are due as follows:
- 6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC)
- 10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC
- 14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies
- Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster
The Pointer is an average shedder. Regular vacuuming is important if kept indoors.
Housing Your Dog
Handling and Training
Pointers are sometimes difficult to train due to their tendency to be easily distracted. They may also be slow to housebreak. Pointing is instinctual to them, so they are fairly easy to train for hunting purposes.
Common Health Problems
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