Pointers


Pointers

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Breed Notes:

The Pointer is a breed that is native to the British Isles with reference to them dating back to the mid 1600s. Although their ancestry is not known, it is believed that Foxhound, Bloodhound, Greyhound may be included. They are believed to be the first dogs used to "stand game" although their origins are not completely known. They were used to point game for Greyhounds to then seize. Today they are used a field dogs.
The Pointer is even-tempered, loyal and obedient. The passion to hunt is intense but with adequate exercise they make an affectionate, clean, quiet companion dog.
The head is noble, carried proudly with an expression of intelligence and alertness. The skull is of medium width, approximately as wide as the length of muzzle. There is a slight concave depression at the nostrils. The bite is level. The ears are set at eye level and hang close to the head The eyes are round and dark. The neck is long and muscular. The body is well muscled with great stamina and speed. The tail is heavy at the root and tapered. It is never extended below the hock and is carried level with the back. The legs are muscular and straight and allow for a smooth gait with a powerful drive. Coat color solid lemon, orange, liver or black or any of those colors in combination with white. Average weight is between 42 and 67 pounds while average height at the withers is between 23 and 28 inches. Balance and symmetry are more important, however, than size.


Name withheld by request of U.S. writes on 10/30/99:

One of the most under-rated breeds.
If you ask someone to describe a Pointer, you'll often hear phrases such as "hyper," "not fit for apartment living", "only care about birds, not people," etc. Before I got my first one, I was almost afraid that they would be too much to deal with. Then, when I brought my Pointer puppy home, she was (and is) the sweetest, most gentle, calm and kind dog you could ever meet. As well as being a top field trial dog, she is a beloved family member and great with kids. This breed was bred to work with man, and, as a result, they are non-aggressive and quite sensible in the home. They are also beautiful to look at and in the field there is nothing prettier to watch than a Pointer doing its job. I'll never own any other breed after having them for nearly eight years now.


Ballantyn2@aol.com of New Jersey writes on 10/1/01:

A wonderful house pet, does not need to be leashed, good with strange dogs.
Our first dog was a beautiful female Pointer. She was good with children and all other dogs, never needing to be leashed on walks in the woods, and was very loving, sitting on my husbands lap or next to him almost every evening. Although she had good hunting instinct (we had taken her to a bird dog meet where she won a ribbon), we were not hunters. I believe Pointers are greatly underrated as family pets. Like most other dogs, they don't like to be left alone, but she was never destructive. I cannot think of a truly undesirable trait, other than the usual shedding and jumping on people when she was young.


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