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Pointer Dog Breed Profile


Other Names
English Pointer 
Dog Group Kennel Club
Breed Classification
Pointers belong to the gundog group and are used as companions, as field sports dogs and in the show-ring. 
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
£7.50-10 per week
Feeding Requirements
As puppies, this breed must be fed on high-quality food and the breeder's diet sheet followed carefully. The cost of feeding will reduce as they reach maturity. 
Other Expenses
The average cost of a puppy is £500. 
9 - 15 years
Pointers will live 13 to 14 years. 
Average Litter Size
Litters can be anything from 1 puppy to 10, although the average is 6. 
General Physical Description
Pointers have a lithe, athletic frame. Their whole appearance is one of graceful curves. Pointers are muscular dogs, covering the ground smoothly and at good speed, with a driving hind action. Their coats are perfectly smooth, straight and short with a tremendous sheen. They carry their heads nobly and proudly. Their most distinguishing features are the slight concavity on top of their muzzles which gives their noses a tip-tilted appearance and the typical pointer stance with tail and foreleg raised and head extended towards the quarry.

Height Min Max
Bitch 61cm (24") 66cm (26")
Dog 63cm (25") 69cm (27")
Weight Min Max
Bitch 26kg (57lbs) 26kg (57lbs)
Dog 30kg (66lbs) 30kg (66lbs)
Size Category
Weight Height Range
Bitches measure 61 to 66cms at the withers and weigh around 26kgs. Dogs measure 63 to 69cms and weigh around 30kgs. 
Pointers are relatively hardy dogs with few inherited problems. Hip screening of the parents is a must as is regular inspection of the coat to ensure any skin problems are dealt with promptly. Self-inflicted injuries usually appear between 3 to 9 months,  
Common Ailments

Neurotoxin Osteopathy
Degeneration of the Spinal Cord
Susceptibility To Illness
The exact origin of the Pointer is not entirely clear: whether they originate from Spanish Pointers or from Continental Pointers is uncertain. What is certain is that English Pointers date back to the 1600's, a native breed to the British Isles, being used to 'point' game out to hunters. These early dogs worked with Greyhounds in hare-coursing, the Pointers being used to point out hares for the Greyhounds to seize. In the early 1700's, wing shooting came into fashion and this was when their true skills became apparent. To this day, Pointers are exceptional hunting dogs. 
Pointers are intelligent and therefore learn reasonably quickly. Because of their sensitive natures, training should be done with kindness and rewards. They do not like to be dominated.< 
Show Characteristics
The skull should be of medium breadth with a well-defined stop and prominent occiput. The nose and eye-rims should be dark although they can be lighter in the case of the lemon and white dog. The muzzle is slightly concave giving a slight dish-faced appearance. The jaws should be strong with a complete scissor bite. The eyes should be hazel or brown, depending on the colour of the coat and should be bright with a kind expression. The ears should be set on fairly high, lying close to the head, medium length and slightly pointed at the tips. The neck should be long and muscular and well-arched. The back should be short-coupled and muscular, with well-sprung ribs. The coat should be fine, short and hard. The shoulders should be long, sloping and well-laid back. The forelegs should be straight and firm with good oval bone and the backlegs very muscular with well-turned stifles and a good expanse of first and second thigh. The hocks should be well let down. The feet should be oval and well-knit with arched toes and be well-cushioned. The tail should be of medium length, thick at the root, tapering gradually to a point, well-covered with close hair, carried level with the back with no upward curl. In movement, the tail should lash from side  
Country Of Origin
Famous Examples
Records Held
Overall Exercise
> 2 hours per day.
Because they are primarily field sports dogs, they need plenty of exercise. After puppyhood, free galloping is a necessity on a regular basis. Care must be taken when allowing them off the lead as they are hunting dogs and, as such, will gallop off on their own. They do need a good-sized garden which is well enclosed with a fence of at 1 1/2 to 2 metres high as they can and will jump. 
Distress if Left Alone
Personal Protection
Guard Dog Suitability
Risk of Sheep Worrying
Tendency to Bark
Level of Aggression
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitable For Children


General Character And Temperament
Pointers are more popular as working dogs than as pets although they are ideally suited towards home life. They are friendly, affectionate and obedient dogs who get on well with other dogs and household animals if introduced to them early on in their lives. They are generally loving and patient towards children and they love to be included in all family matters. They need human contact and are very much in tune with household circumstances. Because of their friendliness, they are not ideal guard dogs, greeting everybody in the same welcoming manner, but they will bark when someone comes to the door. Pointers are known for their even and kind dispositions. Because of their fine skins, Pointers need to be kept in warm, draught-free conditions. They will become destructive and are prone to behavioural problems if left alone for too long. 
Coat Length
Grooming Requirement
< Once a week 
Requires Professional Groomer
One of the easiest breeds to groom, Pointers only need a brush over during the moulting seasons. However regular inspection of the coat should be made as skin problems can occur. 
Pointers come in lemon and white, orange and white, liver and white and black and white. Self colours and tricolours are also seen. 
Suffers From Allergies

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