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Perhaps no single breed captures an ageless aesthetic like the Pointer.  With grace and athleticism to spare, their lines are equally balanced and graceful whether reclining on your couch or in a painting by a master.  The nature of the Pointer is regal but also highly approachable.  These dogs live for the love of their people and are often far more fragile emotionally than their robust and powerful physique would ever imply.  An excellent choice as a family companion that is both more than able to keep up on any family outing but also happy to spend a day in the house on the couch.

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General Information
Group(s): Pointer-SetterSporting Height: 24-27 inches
Weight: 50-70 pounds ideally Longevity: low teens
Colors: orange and white, lemon and white, liver and white or black and white, self colors and tris are also acceptable Coat type: very fine, short, hard, lays flat with distinct gloss
Recognized Registries: FCI, CKC, TKC, UKC, AKC, NCA, and others
Overall Appearance: Strong and not lightly built but with strong graceful lines and powerful symmertry. Lithe and agile.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: gentle, easy going, noble, intelligent
  with Children: Generally very good but requires proper socialization, well behaved children and supervision
  with other pets: Varies, they are bred to hunt birds after all
  with dogs: Generally good but some variability
Socialization requirements: moderate; can be inclined to protectiveness and/or shyness if not properly reared
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the exercise requirements and need for mental stimulation. This breed is still very close to its working roots and prefers having a job.
Temperament Notes: Not easily flustered or stressed, strong focus when working, intelligent and sensitive
Training requirement: moderate: heavy socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: The Pointer, for all its regal bearing, is often a playful, and very sensitive dog.  Training must always be approached with an attitude of encouraging and motivating the dog.  Otherwise a Pointer with a great deal of knowledge and skill can still be immobilized by a lack of confidence and/or distractions.  A wonderful training partner that works diligently to include you in every victory, they are expressive and typically very willing to offer you their complete attention.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: mid1200s
Country of Origin: England (however documentation from its early history appear elsewhere in Europe)
Original Function: pointing game
History: Developed as a fast hunting dog, the development of the point, allowed hunters to be less vigilant. The early Pointer was likely used for retrieving as well. Today they are more specialized.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: too large
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, eye problems, bloat, entropion, autoimmune issues, hypothyroidism, Von Willebrand's Disease
Health Testing: vWD, OFA, CERF, thyroid panel,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Pointers?
  • Why do you have Pointers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Pointer?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Pointer?
  • How would you describe the ideal Pointer home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Pointer?
  • How do you assist or help Pointers in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - Pointer (and other similar breed) Rescue with national connections based in Illinois

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - The Kennel Club (UK) Standard for the Pointer - American Pointer Club Standard

    Breeder Ethics: - Ethical Guidelines of the American Pointer Club
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