The Pointer is friendly, intelligent, alert and keen. Pointers are essentially working dogs and are happiest when they are kept busy. They are relatively easy to train, but are unlikely to win top obedience competitions. Pointers get on well with children and household pets. They can make good family companions if they are properly trained.
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Pointers only require minimal coat care with occasional brushing. They can be rubbed with a rough cloth to bring out the shine in the coat.
Regular exercise is essential for Pointers as they can become hyperactive if their energetic nature is not satisfied. They enjoy having a task or activity to keep them occupied.
The history of the Pointer is obscure. It is possible that the Spanish Setter which arrived in Britain during the 14th century may be one progenitor of this breed. However a more popular theory is that this breed type started around 1650 through blends of the Foxhound, Greyhound and the Bloodhound. Britain can certainly take the credit for perfecting the breed type that we know today.
General Appearance: Lean, graceful, sleek and muscular.
Color: Orange, lemon, black or liver with white. Solid or tricolors are permitted.
Coat: Fine, short, straight and hard with a sheen.
Tail: Medium length, tapering and carried level with the back.
Ears: Set high, hanging close to the head and somewhat pointed at the tips.
Body: The chest is deep with well-sprung ribs. The shoulders are oblique and the back is level.
- These dogs got the name 'pointer' from their ability to freeze and remain totally motionless with their head extended and pointing towards the sighted game. Pointers have been known to hold this pose for over an hour.
- Pointers usually ranks at the top in field trials, due to their excellent scenting abilities.