The Pointer, often called the English Pointer, is a medium to largesized breed of dogs, developed in England as a gun dog. Energetic and funloving, they’re well suited to active homes where they’ll be loving members of the family.
In this video, we are counting down the top 10 facts about the Pointers that you might not know.
A Quick Overview: Group: Sporting Dogs Weight: 45 to 75 pounds Height: 1 foot, 11 inches to 2 feet, 4 inches tall at the shoulder Life Expectancy: 12 to 15 years
The Pointer is instantly recognizable. From long head to finely pointed tail, his entire body suggests his purpose: to point game for the hunter. When a Pointer scents game birds he stands tall and still, one foot raised off the ground, pointing the hunter in the right direction. Before the development of guns, this was an essential skill, as birds were netted rather than shot. When shooting birds became popular, the Pointer was still needed to point and then retrieve them.
Today, the Pointer is known as the Cadillac of bird dogs, prized for his speed, ability to go all day in the field, "stand steady to wing and shot" — meaning that he holds his position as birds rise into the sky and the guns go off — and his personable nature. His love of people and short, easycare coats make him an excellent candidate as a family companion as well.
Pointer people like to say that their dogs don't consider themselves dogs but members of the family. They're sturdy and energetic enough to play all day with active children, and their alert nature makes them excellent watchdogs, sounding the alarm at anything out of the ordinary.
Although he's focused in the field — full of energy and "hunt" — he's funloving and mischievous at home. For the Pointer who's not a regular hunting dog, training and plenty of daily exercises will help channel his active body and mind into constructive pursuits rather than the destruction that can be wrought by a bored Pointer.
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