This breed is famous for its pointing stance, which is used to alert hunters when they find a bird.
The Pointer is also referred to as the English Pointer.
- Determined, courageous, high-energy, graceful and intelligent sporting dog
- 45-75 pounds
- 23-28 inches at the withers (shoulder)
- Love to belong to a dog or human pack; happiest when surrounded by other bodies
- While this is a high-energy dog, with the right amount of daily exercise, Pointers are calm indoors and enjoy lounging about
- Slightly aloof but can easily coexist with older children and other animals
- Best suited to the country or suburbs where they can have plenty of outdoors time
- While Pointers certainly have a stubborn streak, they will respond to firm-but-gentle, consistent, tolerant training
- Renown for their boundless energy, they need lots and lots (and lots) of daily exercise to be calm indoors
- Multiple daily walks and plenty of play in a secured area
- Excellent for agility and other types of dog sports
- Short coat that is usually white with liver spots, but it can have black, lemon or orange markings as well
- A weekly brushing will remove dull hairs and keep the coat shiny
- An enduring breed that can be genetically prone to cataracts, deafness, cherry eye, epilepsy, entropion, progressive retinal atrophy and umbilical hernia
- 12-14 years
- Contact PointerRescue.org, a group of volunteers across the U.S. dedicated to the rescue of this breed.