The Pointers are powerful, graceful and aristocratic dogs. The pointer carries its head proudly. It has an alert expression and a well-muscled, athletic body. This breed is bred primarily for sport and is a true wide-range hunter.
The Pointer is named for the motionless stance the dog assumes once it has found game; the direction of the point tells the hunter where the game is hiding. It gives the impression of compact power and agile grace. It is loyal, devoted and makes a true friend. Its energy and devotion makes it a superior as a gundog.
Lemon and white, orange and white, liver and white, black and white; self (pure) colors, and tricolors.
Short, dense and smooth. It is very easy to groom. Brush regularly with a firm bristle brush. Bathe only when necessary. A rub with a piece of toweling or chamois will leave the coat gleaming. This breed is an average shedder.
Prone to hip dysplasia, thyroid, dwarfism, and skin conditions.
The Pointer is affectionate, intelligent and clean; it is wise and adaptable to every situation. It is an energetic and enthusiastic hunter, yet calm at home. It makes a good companion to children; it is patient, tolerant, kind, playful and loving.
Socialization at an early age is a must; obedience training is strongly recommended. It tends to be a bit willful, distractible and reserved with strangers; it will bark at suspicious noises. Hunting instincts develop early; puppies even at eight weeks old often display pointing behavior. This dog is independent; it is generally good with other pets and is not usually dog aggressive.
This breed has excellent endurance in warm weather, but is not suited to very cold conditions; working best on land it is not very comfortable in water. The Pointer has legendary tracking and pointing skills, but is not usually expected to retrieve game. A competitive dog, the Pointer still dominates Pointing Field Trials over all other pointing breeds.
Today, the Pointer is a family hunting dog and companion. This dog is tireless an energetic, it needs plenty of vigorous exercise. If under exercised, the Pointer can become restless and destructive.
The Pointer is not recommended for apartment life. It is moderately active indoors and does best with an average-sized yard.