Personality:Even-tempered, alert, hardworking, and loyal; a peerless hunting partner
Coat & Grooming:The short, smooth, dense coat requires an occasional brushing and wipe-down
Energy Level:Very Active; Energetic, hard-driving gundogs, Pointers crave serious exercise
Meet the Pointer
The noble Pointer is the ultimate expression of canine power and grace. Unquestioned aristocrats of the sporting world, Pointers carry themselves proudly and are capable of great speed and agility. The coat comes in several colors, solid or in patterns—but as the breed’s devotees like to say, a good Pointer can’t be a bad color. A large male can stand 28 inches at the shoulder and weigh up to 75 pounds; a small female might weigh as little as 45 pounds and stand 23 inches.
What's Their Story?
The breed’s name is also its job description: Pointers point, and they’ve been pointing for centuries. In the days before rifles, British pointing dogs hunted hares in tandem with coursing hounds. The Pointer would find and indicate prey, and the hounds gave chase. In the 1700s, with the rise of wing-shooting, the Pointer became a devoted and durable gundog. In pointing and retrieving game birds, Pointers have few peers—and their fans say that no dog does it better.
The list of this quintessential gundog’s attributes is a long one: loyalty, intelligence, friendliness, strength, grace, stamina, and of course, breathtaking beauty when on point. A high-energy breed, Pointers make excellent runner’s companions, and active kids will appreciate a playmate that won’t poop out before they do. As pets, they do best with enclosed running room to expend some energy. Pointers long to be full-fledged family members, and early socialization and training will make that possible.