Thinking about purchasing an English Pointer? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the English Pointer breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good English Pointer owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the English Pointer and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an English Pointer Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new English Pointer and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
English Pointer Profile
The Pointer is bred primarily for sport and is a true wide-range hunter. They give the impression of compact power and agile grace. Their movement should show them to be a wide-awake, hard-driving hunting dog possessing stamina, courage and the desire to go. English Pointers are lean, hardy dogs that live for the hunt. They are large, muscular and square-shaped. The muzzle is long and they have drop triangular ears. They retain an easy-to-care-for coat that is glossy, short and smooth. The Pointer's energy and devotion makes them superior as gundogs. They are a good show dog, friendly and obedient. The English Pointer is giving and kind, but rather serious in personality. They are good with children and other dogs, but does much better in a country setting than in the city. English Pointers do no take to water easily, and are quite susceptible to cold conditions. He does, however, do better than most breeds in the heat. He has great endurance and strength, able and eager to hunt for anything. Although they love hunting, they are not for retrieving. The name "Pointer" literally comes from the fact that they do not retrieve when they see game, they stop in their tracks and "point".
Other Names: Pointer
Type: Gun Dog
Males: 25 - 28 inches; Females: 23 - 26 inches.
and white, orange and white, liver and white, black and white; self (pure) colors
are responsive, lively, and independent. They are very energetic and are excited
to go on a hunt. They get along with children well, and also with other pets.
They are very serious dogs, with hunting as the top priority. They are graceful
and elegant, friendly and moderately cooperative. English Pointers tend to be
very sensitive, and are very task oriented. They are hard-working, even tempered,
English Pointer Care and Exercise:
Minimal grooming of the Pointer should consist of a quick
rub with a rough cloth a few times a week. Rigorous exercise is mandatory as
confinement of Pointers may result in hyperactivity. They need
quite a lot of exercise, using up their energy that is stored for hunting. They
have great endurance, and will probably tire out their owner before themselves.
Activity: Very High.
English Pointer Health Issues: Elbow and hip dysplasia, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and epilepsy. Other health concerns include deafness.
Life Span: 12 - 17 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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