Pointer

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Description

Description:

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.

Colors:

Lemon and white, orange and white, liver and white, black and white; self (pure) colors, and tricolors.

Coat:

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.

Health Issues:

Prone to hip dysplasia, thyroid, dwarfism, and skin conditions.

Temperament:

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.

Living Environment:

The Pointer is not recommended for apartment life. It is moderately active indoors and does best with an average-sized yard.