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Pointer Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Pointer so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginEngland
Group Gun Dog
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Other Names
What other names does the Pointer have? The dog breed also known as...
English Pointer
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Pointer recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Pointer recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Pointer puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Pointer price:
$400-$500
If you choose to purchase the Pointer, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Pointer for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Pointer gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Pointer size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Pointer weigh? Pointer weight:
44-66 pounds (20-30 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Pointer? Pointer average weight:
55 pounds (25 kg)
Height
How tall is the Pointer? Pointer height:
Male: 22-24 inches (55-62 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (54-60 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Pointer average height:
Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22.5 inches (57 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Pointer have? What does this canine coat look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Pointer's coat?
WhiteBrownYellowBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Pointer and how often?
Effortless: The Pointer requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Pointer is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Pointer dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the English Pointer? Pointer shedding level:
Pointers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Pointer dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Pointer have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveAmiableKindIntelligentAffectionateOutrightTemperedLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Pointer? Are they intelligent?
Average: Pointer's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Pointer dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Pointers are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Pointer is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Pointer sensitivity:
Pointers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Pointers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the English Pointer need? Pointer social needs:
Pointers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Pointer dogs bark a lot? Why does my English Pointer bark?
Average: The Pointer barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Pointer good as a watchdog?
Pointers are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Pointers will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Pointer dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Pointers strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Pointer bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the English Pointer? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Pointer? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Pointer do?
Pointers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Pointers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Pointer to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Pointer roam?
Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Pointer have high prey drive?
Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Pointer dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Pointer good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Pointers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Pointer dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Pointers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Pointer dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Pointer and children:
Pointers are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Pointer dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Pointer good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Pointer dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Pointer can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Pointers good office dogs? Do Pointers make good office friendly dogs? Can Pointers be ofiice dogs?
No
Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Pointer dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the English Pointer temperament with senior people? Are Pointer dogs good for elderly owners?
Pointers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Pointer dogs get along with other pets? Are Pointer dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Pointer breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Pointers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Pointer be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Pointer is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Pointer be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Pointer is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Pointer be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Pointer breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Pointer be a search and rescue dog?
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Pointer breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Pointer be a boat dog?
Not really
Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Pointer be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Pointer is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Pointer dogs have health problems?
Pointers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Pointer dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Pointer be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Pointer breed hypoallergenic?
No
Pointers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Pointer have?
Pointers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Pointer dogs require per day?
Pointers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Pointers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Pointer need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Pointer risk for obesity:
Average. The Pointer has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Pointer's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Pointer has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Pointer drool?
The Pointer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Pointer could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Pointer. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Pointer puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Pointer: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Pointer have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Pointer have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Pointer

Pros
  • Trainability: Pointers are very easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Pointer requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Pointers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Pointer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Pointers are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Pointers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Pointers are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Pointers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Pointers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Pointers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
  • Hypoallergenic: Pointers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Mouthiness: Pointers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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