The English Pointer is bred primarily for hunting, and therefore should unmistakably look and act the part. These dogs are compacted with power, showing agility and grace while at work and at play. English Pointers are strongly built, muscular, medium to large-sized dogs, demonstrating an athletic talent. English Pointers posses the natural ability and substance to hunt game for many hours. The most distinguishing characteristics of the English Pointer is its thick, bold, stocky frame. English Pointers are intelligent, good tempered, affectionate dogs, making them the perfect companions for the home. The most important aspect of this dog is its power, balance, and movement. These characteristics show his ability to be a wide-awake, hard-working, hunter. You can call these dogs a true friend, because of the loyalty they will show to you and to their work.
English Pointers, overall, are a very energetic, active breed. Because of their naturally high energy level, most require a large amount of intense exercise to keep the dog in top hunting shape.
English Pointers have above average natural hunting instincts. They are perhaps one of the easiest to train. They show their constant dedication to their owner while working and training.
Pointers usually measure approximately 25 to 28 inches in height at the shoulder. Bitches measure approximately 23 to 26 inches at the shoulder. The average weight of the male Pointer ranges from 55 to 75 pounds, while that of a female measures 45 to 65 pounds.
The English Pointer has a wide variety of colors and patterns. The colors range from liver, to lemon, to black and even orange. Any of these colors can be combined with white, or they can stand alone. Usually, the darker colored dogs have black or brown noses. The lighter shades of the breed have a lighter colored, even a flesh-colored nose. The hair on a Pointer is short and dense, needing little grooming.
Pointers make an exceptional housedog because they are so affectionate and easily trained. Because of their affectionate personality, they are great to have around children. They are also gentle with other pets. Pointers are normally poor watchdogs.
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