The English Pointer, also known as the Pointer, is a friendly and intelligent dog in the Sporting Group that excels at hunting. They have 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.
Overview of the English Pointer
This breed stands about 23 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 44 and 75 pounds. The males tend to be larger than the females. The average lifespan for an English Pointer is 12 to 15 years. These dogs come in a variety of colors including liver, white, lemon, orange and black. Most English Pointers are bi-colored, but there are also solid colored English Pointers. Some English Pointers are tri-color. These dogs are considered to be average shedders.
The exact history of the English Pointer is unknown with records of the breed dating back to the 17th century when the breed was used to point to hare. In the 18th century when wing-shooting became popular, the English Pointer was used as a bird locator. The English Pointer would find game, indicate its location and remain still while the hunter got ready to take a shot.
It is thought that the English Pointer breed was developed from four breeds with strong hunting characteristics – the Greyhound, the Foxhound, the Bull Terrier and the Bloodhound.
The English Pointer is also known as a “gun dog” because of the characteristic pose they strike when they catch the scent of game. They stand motionless with their head lowered and their nose pointed toward the game. The tail is held horizontally in line with the head and back and one leg is raised and bent at the wrist.
Personality of the English Pointer
Because the English Pointer was bred for hunting, it is a rowdy, high energy dog that needs a lot of daily exercise. The English Pointer is happiest when he is running. They need at least an hour of exertion every day. The English Pointer enjoys hiking and running. Without vigorous daily exercise, the English Pointer will become unhappy, frustrated and destructive in the home, or he may develop other behavioral problems like barking. The English Pointer needs plenty of space to exercise outdoors and is not suited for apartment or city living.
All English Pointers have strong hunting instincts.
This active, friendly breed is very affectionate with its family members. They love to spend time with their humans and enjoy playing with children when they are raised together from a young age. While they are gentle and sweet, the English Pointer can also be energetic and rambunctious, so they should be supervised around small children. In general, the English Pointer gets along well with other dogs and household pets when they are raised together, but birds can be a problem.
The English Pointer is considered to be more independent than many other dog breeds. Some are strong willed and stubborn, but others make great family pets that are patient with children and good with other pets in the home.
The English Pointer likes to greet everyone they meet. The breed is welcoming to strangers. They are not considered to be watchdogs, but they will bark and warn you if strangers approach.
The English Pointer is strong willed, so it is important that you start training from an early age. The breed is very intelligent, so they pick up on training quickly.
What people love about the English Pointer
The English Pointer is a friendly dog and a loving member of the family. This breed loves sitting with you on the sofa and playing with the children. The English Pointer is very friendly and affectionate with its family members.
If you are a runner, hiker or bicyclist, you will find that your English Pointer is a wonderful exercise companion.
The English Pointer is very easy to care for. This breed has a short, smooth coat that does not require a lot of grooming. Just give your English Pointer a weekly brushing and you’re good to go. Pointers only need to be bathed three or four times a year unless they have a tendency to roll in the dirt.
To learn more about the pointer breeds, go to All About the Different Types of Pointer Breeds.