The English Pointer, also called Pointer, is a well-liked breed of powerful dog that originated in England. It belongs to the sporting breed family that is notable for their excellence in carrying out jobs such as guarding property, sled-pulling, or water-rescuing. Pointers have been bred to hunt birds. Their smooth coat is short and dense, and usually comes in white with markings that may be liver, black, lemon, or orange in color. Some members have a tri-color pattern.
Height and Weight
The male members of the Pointer breed normally stand a height of 22 to 24 in at the withers, while bitches commonly have a height of 21 to 24 in. Both members typically weigh about 44 to 66 lbs.
English Pointers, in general, are extremely energetic and enthusiastic hunting dogs. They are loyal, devoted, and very intelligent. With adequate exercise, the breed can be calm at home. Pointers are also known to be very patient, friendly, and affectionate toward their family owners. They are also loving with children, and are usually fine with other animals. They are not dog-aggressive, though can be relatively aloof around strangers. They are adaptable by nature, though may require socialization at young age. In addition, lack of exercise can make them quite high strung and destructive.
English Pointers are very easy to groom. Their short coat only needs regular brushing. However, cleaning their ears may be highly necessary to keep them from acquiring ear infections. Pointers are known to be average shedders.
Members of the Pointer breed are generally healthy. In fact, they have an average life expectancy of about 13 to 14 years. Nevertheless, like any other canine, English Pointers are also prone to a few health complications. These include dog allergies, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, cherry eye, thyroid disorders, and even dwarfism.
English Pointers love to be with their family owners. They are active outdoors, but would tend to prefer staying indoors with their master. The breed is also usually happy being couch potatoes that gets constant nap every after regular exercise exposure. Pointers are commonly vary calm and relaxed, though can be very energetic and tireless. Daily vigorous exercise is important to keep them from becoming restless. Taking them out for daily, brisk, long walks or jogs would be excellent. Allowing them to run alongside the owner when he or she bicycles or letting them swim and retrieve objects will also make them happy.