The English Pointer has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
The English Pointer is believed to have descended from Spain, although the breed was refined in England. The English Pointer was most likely bred from some type of setting Spaniel along with the Bloodhound, Greyhound, Foxhound and Bull Terrier.
The first written documentation of the English Pointer dates back to 1650. During this time, the English Pointer was used in partnership with the Greyhound on hunting expeditions. The English Pointer would locate and point hares for the Greyhound to chase after and catch. Hunters eventually started using firearms in the field and the English Pointer became their preferred gundog.
The English Pointer weighs 45 to 75 pounds and measures 23 to 28 inches.
The English Pointer is a low-maintenance dog when it comes to grooming. The English Pointer does shed, but only needs to be brushed once a week and bathed when dirty. The English Pointer’s short, smooth coat can also be rubbed with a chamois cloth to help keep it shiny.
Like all dogs, the English Pointer also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The English Pointer is a versatile family and sporting dog. They are loving, courageous and energetic.
In the field, the English Pointer is a determined worker. At home, the English Pointer is sweet, even tempered and polite. The English Pointer’s gracious and gentle nature makes them a great family dog, but a less than great guard dog. English Pointers are alert and protective; they will bark at new people, but overall they are much too welcoming and friendly to deter anyone.
English Pointers are playful and affectionate. They love being with their family and having fun with them. English Pointers get along well with children and have lots of patience for them, but English Pointers need to be watched closely around younger children. They can be rambunctious and knock down small children in their excitement.
The English Pointer has a short attention span and does best with quick, varied training sessions. Treats can also help the English Pointer focus and learn. Housebreaking can also be a challenge with the English Pointer and a few extra months of crate training should be expected.
The English Pointer was bred to be a hunting dog and needs lots of exercise and time outdoors. The English Pointer is energetic and rambunctious, and not a good match for couch potatoes. The English Pointer should have a long daily walk in addition to regular playtime in a fenced yard or at the dog park. If not used for hunting, it is best to get the English Pointer involved in other activities like agility and tracking.