Description

Illustration of Pointer

The supreme scenting machine, the Pointer is a wonderful example of a breed fit for its original function: to range on large expanses of land to detect the scent of game and then halting, frozen in a “point” in the direction of sitting game. The Pointer is an athlete, a series of flowing curves, with a slightly concave muzzle to lift his nose and aid the scenting powers. His hunting style is with head held high, lashing his bee-sting tail. No wonder then, that the Pointer was much in demand by the gentry of the 18th and 19th centuries as the most stylish of gundogs.

Breed Group
Gundog
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Medium
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
Short
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Either
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Large
Lifespan
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.


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