English Pointer

Description

Everything about the appearance of the English Pointer hints at its noble ancestry. Its most famous characteristic is its stance that is alert and strong. The torso is lean. Its front legs are straight while the back legs are very angular. The head is medium size and rests atop an elongated neck that is a little angular and muscular. The ears fold slightly toward the face and hang slightly past the jaw. The eyes and nose are prominent yet distinguished. When the breed is pointing the tail is straight and in line with the back.

Temperament

The English Pointer is a great hunting companion and pet. As a hunting companion is has high energy and welcomes the opportunity to hunt. As household pet it is friendly with everyone, although it may be a bit apprehensive around guests to the home. The breed is very intelligent and generally responsive to training. However, some types may exhibit stubborn behavior. This breed has a tendency to be shy. Training and socialization will help to eliminate this trait. The breed makes an excellent watchdog and is an average guard dog.

Height and Weight

Male height: 22 inchesMale weight: 44-66 poundsFemale height: 21-24 inchesFemale weight: 44-60 pounds

Health Problems

The English Pointer is generally healthy. Some types may develop problems with their thyroid and skin. All types are prone to develop hip dysplasia.

Ideal Living Conditions

The English Pointer is not recommended for indoor living because it tends to become discontent and start to destroy property. It is a natural hunter and is most suited for rural environments, such as a on a farm or ranch.

Exercise

The English Pointer is ideal for an active handler or family. It is extremely energetic and will appreciate every opportunity to exercise. Everyday the breed should participate in a moderate amount of exercise. The breed is an excellent workout companion.

Life Expectancy

The English Pointer tends to live 13-14 years.

Litter Size

The English Pointer has an average of 6 puppies.

Grooming

The English Pointer does not shed heavily, so brushing the coat on a regular basis is all that is needed. Brushing the coat will help to keep it smooth and shiny. Since the breed is prone to skin irritations, only gentle products should be used on its coat. A bath with a dry shampoo is recommended.

Origin

The history of the English Pointer is believed to have begun some time during the mid 1600s

Group

Gun, Sporting

Color

White is the most common color of the English Pointer. Yellow, orange, and brow are also acceptable colors.