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