This unique breed of dogs was discovered in the 17th century in England though this may not have been its country of origin. Some theories suggest that it originated from Spain due to its close resemblance to the Spanish pointer. The pointer operates by coming to a complete halt and pointing its muzzle at its target. It has an excellent sense of smell. And is swift to identify its prey. They worked closely with hunters and began hunting training at a tender age of 2 months.
They are well-built and agile dogs. They have a compact body that has an athletic appearance. Their front legs stand straight, and they hold their head up high with their medium sized neck. They have a wide face with a medium sized muzzle. They haves round brown eyes, and their ears hung on the side of the head drooping down to the side of their muzzle. They have a dark tan or black nose depending on the coat color. Their teeth close in with a scissors bite. They stand at 20 – 24 inches tall and weigh 40 – 60 pounds on average. They have a long whip tail that is held up high.
The Pointer is a very lively and joyful dog breed. Its gets very exhilarated during hunting and enjoys outdoor activities. They are very protective with property and family hence; they make good watch dogs. They can easily adapt to new situations and environments though are reserved with strangers. They require early socialization in order to blend in with people and other pets. They enjoy lots of exercises that provide a channel for them to release their high energy. They are not very obedient during training and will need a firm and patient trainer to teach them.
The Pointer requires daily vigorous exercise for it to be mentally and physically engaged. They prefer to live in warm areas and should not be exposed to prolonged cold. They are not suitable for apartment living because of their high energy levels and may end up tearing down the entire house. They easily get distracted hence the trainer needs to entice them frequently in order to keep their attention. They should be constantly on a leash lest they stray chasing other animals
They are generally healthy dogs and are prone only to what it common to other animals such as hip dysplasia, epilepsy, allergies, entropion and eye disorder. They have a general life expectancy of 12 – 14 years.
Pointers should feed on high-quality meals that contain all necessary nutrients for health growth. The amount of food they will eat depends on several factors such as age, weight, metabolic rate and size.
Coat, Color and Grooming
The Pointer’s coat is dense, smooth and short. It comes in a variety of colors such as: dark tarn, orange, black or primary white speckled with these colors. Brush the coat on a weekly basis to remove loose hair and wash only when necessary. Ensure to check the ears and trim its nails every once in a while.
With family and other pets
Pointers provide great companionship to families, especially during outdoor activities. They are good with children and also open to the company of other pets.