English Pointer Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginEngland flagEngland
Other Names
What other names does the English Pointer have?
English Pointer
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

English Pointer Price and Availability

Price
How much does the English 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?
$400-$500
If you choose to purchase the English 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 English Pointer for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the English Pointer gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a English Pointer?
Frequent: The English Pointer is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

English Pointer Size

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

English Pointer Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the English Pointer have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper English Pointer's coat?
WhiteBrownYellowBlack
Grooming
How to groom the English Pointer and how often?
Effortless: The English 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. English 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 English Pointer dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the English Pointer?
English Pointers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. English Pointer dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the English Pointer need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my English Pointer every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

English Pointer Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the English Pointer have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveAmiableKindIntelligentAffectionateOutrightTemperedLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the English Pointer? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are English Pointer dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
English Pointers are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The English Pointer is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? English Pointer sensitivity:
English 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 by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: English Pointers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the English Pointer need? English Pointer social needs:
English 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 English Pointer dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my English Pointer bark?
Average: The English 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 the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is English Pointer good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
English Pointers are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the English Pointers will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do English Pointer dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
English 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 English Pointer bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the English Pointer? What are the odds of getting bitten by a English Pointer? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The English 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.)
Bite Force
Does the English Pointer has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

English Pointer bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The English Pointer, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the English Pointer do?
English 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 English Pointers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the English Pointer to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does English Pointer roam?
English 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 English Pointer have high prey drive?
English 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 English Pointer dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is English Pointer good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the English Pointer breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping English Pointer indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
English 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.

English Pointer Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? English Pointer temperament with other people:
English Pointers are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do English Pointer dogs get along with other pets? Are English Pointer dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
English Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are English Pointer dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? English Pointer temperament with children:
English Pointers are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do English Pointer dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
English Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is English Pointer good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do English Pointer dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
English Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the English Pointer can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is English Pointer breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
English Pointers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are English Pointers good office dogs? Do English Pointers make good office friendly dogs? Can English Pointers be office dogs?
No
English Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do English Pointer dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the English Pointer temperament with senior people? Are English Pointer dogs good for elderly owners?
English Pointers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

English Pointer Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do English Pointer dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
English Pointers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the English Pointer breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the English Pointer see the vet?
Frequent
The English Pointer should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do English Pointer dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a English Pointer be? What is the age limit of the English Pointer? How many years can the oldest English Pointer live?
11-15 years
The average lifespan of English Pointer: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the English Pointer breed hypoallergenic?
No
English 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 English Pointer have? What is the activity level of the English Pointer?
English Pointers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do English Pointer dogs require per day?
English 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?
English 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.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the English 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 / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? English Pointer risk for obesity:
Average: The English 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 English Pointer's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The English 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 English Pointer drool?
The English Pointer is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the English 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 minimum compared to others, just like the English Pointer. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

English Pointer As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can English Pointer be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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). English Pointer is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can English Pointer be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a English Pointer be an emotional support animal?

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. English Pointer is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can English Pointer be a sniffer dog?

Yes

After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work. 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. English Pointer breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can English Pointer be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog. 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 English Pointer breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can English Pointer be a boat dog?

Not really

English Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can English 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. English Pointer is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where English Pointer dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

English Pointer Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female English 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 female 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 female’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.
Litter Frequency

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 English Pointer have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

English Pointer Recognition

AKC Group
Is English Pointer recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is English Pointer recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

English Pointer Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: English Pointers are very easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The English Pointer requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: English Pointers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The English Pointer is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: English Pointers are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: English Pointers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: English Pointers are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: English Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: English Pointers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: English Pointers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: After proper training, they can excel at this kind of work.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Cons
  • Health Issues: English Pointers tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
  • Hypoallergenic: English Pointers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the English Pointer breed.
  • Mouthiness: English Pointers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: English Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: English Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: English Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.

English Pointer History

The breed is originated from Spain, although their history is somewhat murky. The breed’s history is presumed to have started 3000 years ago, for the reason that dogs, identifiable as early Pointers were discovered on the walls of Egyptian tombs. In France and also in England, paintings were found from the 17th century, and bronze figures from the 19th century portraying this breed.

Pointing-type breeds are said to have been known in England from the 1650s, yet it is also assumed that, in 1713, at the end of the Spanish Succession War, British army officers returned England from Spain with these Pointer predecessors. Pointers were originally used in conjunction with Greyhounds in the 17th century. Later, Italian Pointers found their way to England, and they were crossbred with the Spanish Pointer, leading to the Pointer as we know them today. Another theory suggests that the breeding procedure also involved more breeds like the Foxhound, Bloodhound, Greyhound, and later various setters were mixed into the Pointer, resulting in a breed possessing elegance and grace, speed and endurance, incredible scenting-ability and beautiful appearance with easy maintenance. In the end, they created a fantastic hunting dog who became a favorite of many of the aristocrats and the bourgeoisie in England, thanks to their even-temperament, friendly and affectionate behavior towards children and their owners.

The Pointer was a term to describe any type of hunting dog that used the pointing technique while hunting. In the days before rifles, British pointing dogs hunted hares in tandem with coursing hounds. The Pointer’s duty was to find and indicate prey, with the cooperation of the hounds who would give chase. The Pointer became a devoted and durable gundog, in the 1700s, with the rise of wing-shooting. Two of the most well-known British Pointers were Juno and Pluto, owned by Colonel Thornton, who was said to have held a point on a covey of partridges for a little more than an hour. This story brings to mind the old English joke about a hunter who lost his Pointers on the moors, then a year later, he found his dogs as skeletons pointing toward a skeleton of a bird. After the invention of guns, the hunter’s methods changed, the Pointer was taught to be “steady to wing and shot”. This technique meant that the dog needed to a standstill after the bird has been flushed and until the gun has been fired, waiting for the hunter’s instruction to retrieve the bird. 

Until the Civil War, between 1861 and 1865 America was not introduced to pointers. In 1876 a lemon and white-colored Pointer named Sensation was imported to America from England. The breed was one of the first nine breeds registered in America in 1878 and was recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) right after it was founded in 1884.

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