My roots are believed to be Mediterranean – Spain to be precise. However, I became recognised in Britain from about the 17th century. I was given the name ‘Pointer’ due to my ability to indicate where game was lying. From there I became a key part of the gun dog group due to further improvements in my breeding. I became known as the English Pointer, until it was dropped from the official breed title about 25 years ago. My speed and agility, excellent scent and reliability in pointing make me an ideal companion for hunting. I also make a great pet too!
What do I look like?
I’m a real athlete of the canine world with strong legs and a fairly short body. My tail, of medium length, and moves from side to side when I’m in action. My head is aristocratic – with a long muzzle and unusually concave nose bridge. My eyes are kind – the window to my soul! My ears are of medium length and hang down. At the risk of sounding like a sofa range, I come in lots of colours: lemon-and-white, orange-and-white, liver-and-white or a more conventional black-and-white!
What do I need from you?
Whilst I’m obviously made to work, I am pretty docile and affectionate. If you want me to fit into your family then I’m totally cool with that. My coat is short with a nice sheen. I will need a little bit of grooming but I’m fairly self-sufficient in that area too.
What I will give in return
Take me out and you’ll notice my intelligence, speed and enthusiasm. However indoors I’m just happy to be around you and accept the odd tummy-tickle. I’ll make a pretty good guard dog so all those ornaments you keep dusting will be safer with me around.
How big will I get?
I’ll grow to around 25in-27in (63cm-68cm), an inch shorter as a female and weigh up to around 30kg (approx. 65lb) or for females around 26kg.
How long should I be around for?
The average lifespan of an Englsih Pointer is around 13 years.
How big is our litter?
On average, English Pointers will have 6 pups.
France’s Prince Imperial (the son of Napoleon III) was a lover of Pointers.
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