Dog Breed Profile

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• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Very playful
• Very affectionate
• Very friendly towards other dogs
• Very friendly around other pets
• Very friendly around strangers
• Fairly easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Moderately protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold


Although this dog breed is a sweet natured and graceful dog, he can tend to be a bit too energetic for very young children in the home however, overall they do make great companions for an active family. The Pointer is even-tempered and as long as he is given mental and physical challenges he will not become bored or destructive.

The Pointer can run for hours, so it’s not wise to walk him off a leash or he may point and disappear. His lean body is very muscular and he carries himself with an air of dignity. His short coat is easy to care for, and he appears to be very streamlined in appearance.

  • Best suited to being a part of the family as opposed to living outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include hips and eyes
  • Grooming needs include only the occasional brushing
  • The Pointer is a very affectionate and friendly, energetic animal that can be fairly easily trained
  • Has a great relationship with family members, is moderately protective but do make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 55 to 75lbs and 25 to 28 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 45 to 65lbs and 23 to 26 inches tall

Care & Health:

This particular breed will become bored and troublesome if not given at least an hour of energetic exercise each day, and the Pointer is especially pleased when he’s allowed to go for a hunt in the field.

The Pointer is capable of living outdoors, but will be a much happier dog when he can spend time with his family.

You’ll only need to brush him occasionally to clear his coat of dead hairs.

Major Health Concerns:


Minor Health Concerns:

–CHD and occasionally cataract, deafness

Test for:

–hips and eyes

Life Span:

– 12 to 15 years

Additional information:

– prone to injuries to the tip of the tail

Breed History:

This breed used to work as a sort of team with the greyhound; the Pointer would point hare and the greyhound would chase it down. This dates back to the 1600s, but in the 1700s wing shooting became popular and he adapted to the role as locator. The old flint-lock guns made this process rather slow, and the dogs had to be able to sit still for some time as the hunter readied his weapon.

Various breeding crosses occurred with Pointers to improve pointing ability, but this caused them to lose their agility. The Spanish Pointer became obsolete when guns became self-loading. When they were crossed with setters in the 1800s, they once again became popular for those with large estates and for recreational hunting.

Despite attempts to make them popular as field trial dogs, Pointers have never been one of the more popular breeds in America.

  • Family history is gundog, pointer
  • Originally from England
  • First bred in the 1600’s
  • Original purpose was Pointing
  • Today they are used for pointing, pointing field trials, companion
  • Also known as English pointer