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English Pointer
English Pointer

Country of Origin: Great Britain

Group: Pointing Dogs

Section: British and Irish Pointers and Setters

Original Function: pointing

Todays Function: pointing, pointing field trials, companion

Dimension Male: 55-62 cm

Dimension Female: 54-60 cm

Weight Male: 20-30 kg

Weight Female: 20-30 kg

Litter Size: 5-7 puppie, average 6

Life span: 12-15 years

Other Names: Pointer, Bird Dog

Colors: Pointers are a very diverse breed. even in show, most kennel clubs and breeders accept all colours.

Living: Pointer dogs do best in a rural setting because they like to range quite a bit. they are not well su



The Pointer, also known as the English Pointer, is powerful, graceful and aristocratic. It carries its head proudly. The pointer has an alert expression and a well-muscled, athletic body. The nose is set higher than the rest of the muzzle. The stop is well-defined. Its upper lip is full but not slack. The eyes are hazel or chestnut depending on the color of the coat. The medium-sized ears are pendant and somewhat pointed. The teeth should form a level or scissors bite. The neck is long. The tail is straight and tapered and is never docked. The feet are oval. Dewclaw removal on the front legs is optional. The short, sleek, shiny coat comes in primarily white, but may be liver, lemon, black or orange, either solid, patched or speckled. Tri-colored is also permitted. The nose should be the same color as the marking on the coat.


The pointer is a true wide-ranging hunter, which means that it not only is an excellent bird dog but also has the stamina to run for hours. Consequently, it needs lots of exercise or it can become frustrated and destructive. Because it is ever on the lookout for birds, it is easily distracted from everyday matters ? but it is nearly impossible to distract once on point. It is gentle and sweet but may be too energetic and boisterous at times for very small children. Like many sporting breeds, it can be found in field or show types; the field type is generally smaller and perhaps more active.


The pointer needs exercise, and lots of it. It needs at least an hour of exertion every day. It is best when it has a regular opportunity to hunt, but it also enjoys running and searching the wilds on long jaunts afield. At home it needs space to exercise outdoors and should not be expected to sit inside all day. The pointer can live outdoors in temperate to warm climates, as long as it is given a soft bed and warm shelter. It needs canine or human companionship, however, and does far better when allowed to spend time with its family. It requires only an occasional brushing to remove dead hair.


The smooth coat of the Pointer is very easy to groom. Just brush regularly with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary. A rub with a piece of toweling or chamois will leave the coat gleaming. Check the feet also, especially after the dog has b


Major concerns: entropion

Minor concerns: CHD

Occasionally seen: cataract, deafness

Suggested tests: (hip), eye

Note: prone to tail-tip injuries