The pointer breeds are hard-working dogs that are thought to have originated in Spain, Portugal, Great Britain and Eastern Europe. The first pointers may have appeared in England in the mid-17th century. This hunting breed is driven to follow scents in the wind and to indicate their prey’s position by pointing to it with their bodies. The pointer breeds are medium-sized dogs with an average weight of 45 to 75 pounds. They stand 23 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder and have an average lifespan of about 12 to 17 years. The coat comes in several colors, either solid or in patterns.
Born hunters, pointers will stand still with one foot raised off the ground to point the hunter in the right direction of the prey. Their hunting instincts may be sparked by birds, rabbits and cats, but pointers can usually get along with indoor cats when they are raised with them. Even if you are not out hunting, it’s in their nature, so pointer breeds will constantly stop to point to birds. Their hunting instincts develop early on, and they will retain what they learn throughout their lifetime.
Pointer breeds are great hunters, but at home these fun-loving dogs love to spend some quality time with you on the sofa or to play all day long with the children. They love people and when given the opportunity, pointer breeds can become great friends. They also love outside activities. The pointer breeds are very protective in nature and will alert you to the presence of strangers, making them excellent watchdogs. The pointer breeds are good natured dogs that are not generally aggressive.
Pointer breeds have many great attributes as a companion. They are loyal, hard-working and even-tempered. They also run hard and fast, making them good companions for a runner or cyclist. These dogs are also naturals at dog sports.
These pointer breeds have short, smooth coats that are very easy to care for and their fine coats shed very little. Just give your pointer a weekly brushing and you’re good to go.
The pointer is a very versatile breed and an exceptional family dog. Pointer breeds are energetic and fun-loving, and they are very well suited to active homes where they will be a member of the family. They are loyal and true friends.
Pointer breeds are strong and energetic with a mind of their own. They may be a little too much dog for an older person or a first-time dog owner, since they need consistent training and an hour or two or daily play, walks or exercise. When they don’t get enough exercise pointers can be very destructive with chewing, digging and other unwanted activities. This is especially true when they are young.
Meet the German Shorthaired Pointer
Originally from Germany, this low-maintenance breed is moderately easy to train. Their coat is solid liver (a reddish brown color), or liver and white in distinctive patterns.
A versatile hunting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer can point birds and also hunt rabbits and raccoons. It can trail deer and retrieve on land or from water. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a great hunting dog – but for an active family he is also a great family pet. This breed is very energetic and highly intelligent. Alert and protective, the German Shorthaired Pointer is also an excellent watchdog.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a very versatile dog that demands much of your energy and attention. If you do not have at least an hour or two to devote to exercise or walking on a daily basis, the German Shorthaired Pointer is not a good choice for you. These dogs require daily activity that gets their hearts pumping.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a very active dog, but once all of his exercise needs have been taken care of, he is a calm house dog that loves to be a member of the family. He has excellent manners, and he is loyal and fearless. The German Shorthaired Pointer bonds firmly to his family. He enjoys playing with children and will happily play all day. He also enjoys some good couch time with you and is a very loving companion.
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Meet the English Pointer
The English Pointer, also known as the Pointer, is a friendly and intelligent dog in the Sporting Group that excels at hunting. It has a strong athletic build and high energy levels. This is a graceful dog with an elegant carriage. The English Pointer is very even tempered. They get along well with children and are not aggressive toward people or other dogs.