The Pointer is a lean, compact and muscular dog that is sleek and athletic. The short, crisp coat enhances the appearance by highlighting the tight musculature. The overall appearance is alert, strong, intelligent and ready to move. The head is about as wide as it is long. The muzzle is deep and is the same length as the skull, running on parallel planes to each other. The ears hang and are slightly pointed at the tips. The nose is wide and may sit slightly higher than or be parallel to the well-defined stop. The nose will be dark in dogs with dark patches and flesh colored in the lighter-colored dogs. Coat colors are primarily white with patches or speckling that can be orange, liver, lemon, black or tricolored. The chest is deep. The front legs are straight. The abdomen tucks up tightly. The tail is wider at the base and tapers to a point.
The Pointer is of English descent with several contributing breeds including the Foxhound, Greyhounds, Bloodhounds, Spanish and Italian pointers, Setters, and even the Bulldog. It was used for spotting birds and hares and can run for miles. It was first documented in England around 1650, becoming quite popular in the early 1700s with hunters. The Pointer has long been considered to be the "Cadillac" of birding dogs. It was recognized by the AKC in 1884.
The Pointer is quite intelligent, and active so needs daily, intense mental and physical exercise to prevent this dog from becoming bored and destructive. This dog makes an excellent companion that is easily trained and gets along well with families, other dogs, usually cats, but may be too boisterous for young children.
Breed Club Links: Ameircan Pointer Club, Inc.
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