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Pointer:Dog Breed Profile

Pointer hound is named for its loyalty. Originally cultivated for movement in the fields; It certainly looks like a sporty dog. The ideal pointer should be instantly compact, powerful, agile and graceful. The head is exalted with pride; His face was intelligent and alert; Muscular body, including endurance and explosive power. Every movement of this animal shows shrewdness, persistence, courage, desire for action, and a strong driving force. Its expression reveals loyalty and love for a true human friend.

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Pointer Breed Characteristics

  • About Pointer Breed

    Name: Pointer

    Height: 23-28 inches

    Weight: 45-75 lbs

    Lifespan: 12-17 years

    Coat Density: Normal

    Coat Texture: Straight

    Puppy Price: $700-$1000

    Temperament: Loyal, kind, active, and amiable

    Suitable for: Active family

    Pointer hound is named for its loyalty. Originally cultivated for movement in the fields; It certainly looks like a sporty dog. The ideal pointer should be instantly compact, powerful, agile, and graceful. The head is exalted with pride; His face was intelligent and alert; Muscular body, including endurance and explosive power. Every movement of this animal shows shrewdness, persistence, courage, desire for action, and a strong driving force. Its expression reveals loyalty and love for a true human friend.

    The sleek dog weighs an average of 45 to 75 pounds and grows 23 to 28 inches. Pointer originated in England in the 16th century, and its early purpose was to point at the hunted prey. It is said that this remarkable dog originated from the combination of other breeds, such as Italian pointer, Spanish pointer, etc.

    Pointer is athletic and keeps alert every time you hear a sound. Endless endurance is being used to leverage pointer's technology on the battlefield. In the wild, the head is always up and the tail usually moves back and forth. This breed has a full-length straight tail, with the tail up when standing naturally.



    When tracking prey, the ears move left and right. Pointer's fur is described as a short, smooth fur with luster. The official colors specified by the American Kennel Club are as follows: black, black and white, lemon, lemon and white, liver, liver and white, orange, orange and white with black, liver, self coloring or tick points. Skull of medium width with slight wrinkles between eyes.

Pointer Breed Daily Care

Before we give the pointer a bath, we should carefully brush the pointer all over the body, on the one hand, to avoid tangled hair and comb waste hair, on the other hand, to check the dog for skin diseases or injuries. The water temperature around 40 °C is ideal. We should first let the dog adapt to the water temperature, and then from the feet, body in order to the head, the whole body washed wet. We have to dilute the body wash first and then apply it from the back. Every part of the dog’s body should be carefully washed. We should be careful of the belly of the dog because the belly of the skin is very soft but very dirty, you can try to use a sponge to clean. The important thing is to avoid putting water in the dog’s eyes. If the bath goes in the dog’s eyes, we should immediately flush it with a lot of water and put eye drops on the dog.

When we feed the pointer, it's best to feed lamb and beef, potatoes, and cereal mixtures such as corn, oats, and wheat. Because this kind of food contains nutrients more suitable for digestion and gland function absorption and utilization. On top of that, we add a proper balance of protein, carbohydrates, sugars, fats, vitamins, and minerals. The demand for some trace elements and minerals should pay attention to the right amount, rather than the traditional concept that more is better. Some trace elements or minerals beyond the demand will cause certain damage to the pet's organs, even lesions.

How do we keep our pointer healthy? When bathing in winter, the indoor temperature should be raised to prevent the pointer from catching a cold. Then we can use the electric hairdryer and comb while combing blowing hot air, let the dog’s hair dry. Finally, we dry the dog’s ears with a cotton ball and then comb the whole body hair neatly. We’d better give our pointer a bath or two a month to prevent skin diseases.  

Many pointer dogs may not be very aggressive at first contact with their owners, but they do have a ready-to-attack state, in which case they must be shouted at. When a dog is aggressive, it will follow its own mental state to determine whether it is aggressive, but if the owner does not reprimand them, then in later life, it can be quite aggressive. On the other hand, it should be noted that when the pointer first gets home, it’s actually a relatively bad dog. Even a reprimand may not be enough to calm them down, and the pointer may show signs of self-preservation during daily training or eating. After these states appear, they are also likely to attack the person or host, so the host should reprimand them severely, or give appropriate punishment.

Pointer will remind the family of any visitors and anything unusual. This clever dog can be trained, but it can be difficult to get a warning in advance. Pointer is smart and can be stubborn during training. It is suggested to introduce firm orders and rewards for appropriate behaviors.

We need to be careful about the quality of our food while taking care of the pointer, and we need to keep the dog’s salt intake low. Especially for older dogs who don’t have a significant disease or reduced exercise, we have to limit the number of calories the dog eats. Since the old dog’s teeth and innards have weakened, we had better use some better digestion to feed the dog.

Pointer has a broad heart and constantly seeks attention from human friendship. Pointer likes to be with his family, with his children. Older children may be the best fit for this lively physique, and when respected, this furry playmate will maintain love for pointer.

Pointer Breed History

Pointer, also known as English pointer, is so named because of the ability of pointer to "point" and muzzle aiming games. Pointer is one of the earliest sports varieties, which can be traced back to the 17th century.

The first reliable record of a pointer hound in England appeared in 1650. The behavioral hallmark of all species of the pointer is the use of a specific body position to indicate to the hunter where the prey is when it is found. This breed has an outstanding sense of smell, running pace and fast, agile movement, endurance, graceful posture, is one of the most favorite hunters of dogs. In the early days, pointer dogs were the assistants of hunters who used nets to catch birds. In the 18th century, hunting birds and rabbits with guns became popular. Spanish pointer dogs began to spread to Europe, where they used smell to track their prey along the ground. Breeders added bloodhounds, greyhounds, and English foxhounds to improve the olfactory abilities of the early, slow-moving, large dogs, and improved the breed of English pointer dogs that appeared and spread around the world. As a working dog, it can work for people other than its owner, making it a true friend of humans, and it is particularly suited to performing in public.

Today's pointer originated in England and is named after its ability to "point" at the muzzle of a gun in small games. Some people speculated which breed the dog came from. Consider the Italian and Spanish pointers, foxhounds, Greyhound, hound, setter, and bulldog. Although exact ancestors are not well documented, these varieties are generally accepted as part of the ancestors. Early versions of dogs were described as less friendly and evil animals, bred only to hunt prey. One of the earliest ancestors of pointer, the Spanish pitcher, was good at catching prey, but slow. As autoloaders become more popular, hunters need a quick Companion to be able to catch up with their prey. The dog's original goal was to point out rabbits and eventually turned to the ability to discover birds. In 1884, pointer was officially recognized by the American dog club. In the 19th century, people made great efforts to cultivate pointer, make it easier to train and form a more friendly character. Before the civil war, pointers were imported into the United States and became popular for hunting quails. Since then, the appearance of the pointer has been modified. This staunch breed is preferred when it comes to hunting, because pointer's ability to stay still until prey is shot down.