The Pointer, also called the English Pointer, is a gun dog breed which originated in England in the 16th or 17th century. Its ancestors include the Greyhound, Foxhound, Bloodhound, and the Bull Terrier; each of these breeds contributed to its personality and hunting skills. The breed is bred to work with hunters in finding upland game. It is especially good at hunting birds such as the bobwhite quail, pheasant, grouse, and woodcock. They were brought to the U.S. in the late 1800s, and have grown in popularity ever since.
The Pointer is a large breed. It stands 21-28 inches tall and weighs 35-75 pounds. It has a very short coat which can be liver, lemon, orange, black, or white with ticking. The breed is very symmetrical and balanced, as well as athletic. Its head, feet, and tail are distinguishing features.
The Pointer is a happy, pleasant-mannered breed. It is affectionate and loyal, and it loves to be a part of the family. It is generally even-tempered and can get along with other animals as well as children. The breed is not aggressive or territorial, but its bark can be intimidating. The Pointer needs plenty of space to run and play, and can be happy sans-hunting as long as it is given the proper amount of daily exercise. It is an active breed and frequent exercise is important for its happiness.
The Pointer generally lives 12 to 17 years. It is generally very healthy and genetically sound. It may however have some health problems which can include hip dysplasia, cherry eye, epilepsy, and allergies.