Records from the year 1650 are the first known documentation about Pointers. This breed was developed by crossing Bulldog, Setter, Italian Pointer, Greyhound, Fox Hound and Greyhound. The breed got its name as these dogs have the habit of standing motionless while spotting the game and indicate as if they are pointing at it. Pointer dogs were used in hunting to spot hare, which would later be hunted by the Greyhounds. They became the trusted companions of hunters during the early 1700s as they could catch the scent of the animal and point it to their owner. AKC recognized them in 1884.
Even though Pointers have an aristocratic personality, they are fun loving dogs who can also be mischievous. They love to spend more time with their family of adults and kids. They can be very gentle with babies as they stand still when the baby tries to hold on him.
- Activity level: 5/5 (loves to run and train)
- Intelligence level: 4/5 (very attentive and intelligent)
- Curiosity: 3/5 (dignified yet curious)
- Friendliness: 2/5 (not friendly toward cats and strangers)
- Vocal: 2/5 (only barks to welcome or alert the owner)
The striking appearance of Pointers indicates that they belong to the sports affinity. The agile look and the pride that their muscular and seemingly athletic figure carries compliment their grace further. This breed, with a lean look, is found in white, orange, black, lemon or liver coat shades.
- Fur: Their body has close lying fine hair which is dense and short with a natural glossy look.
- Eyes: Pointers have round shaped and intense eyes with a darker eye color in contrast to their coat shade.
- Body structure: Pointers are known for their athletic body with a lean look that features a noble head, smooth gait and wide nostrils that allows them to pick up scents quickly. They have strong and long legs with an upright tail that points when they are alert.
- Facial features: The face of a Pointer has an alert and intelligent expression which offers a dignified look overall.
- Weight: A fully grown male pointer will have a body weight of 55 to 75 pounds while a female will weigh between 45 to 65 pounds.
Being a very healthy and active breed, Pointer can live for upto 15 years. However, some dogs are prone to major health conditions like canine health dysplasia, congenital deafness, entropion and hypothyroidism and tail hip injuries. The vet will perform tests to evaluate the thyroid, hip, heart conditions. And for congenital deafness, the vet will conduct a BAER or Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response test.
Pointers have to undergo strenuous exercises of at least one hour a day. They can withstand moderate heat and can be kept outdoors. Their short and dense coat requires weekly brushing and the nails have to be trimmed once a week. Their body can be wiped with a wet towel rather than giving them a bath, and then dried well to prevent their ears from getting chilled easily.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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