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Pointer History

The Pointer is a pointing breed of gundog, descended from the Setter. Most modern Pointers trace their ancestry back to English Setters of the mid- to late-18th century that were developed to hunt in packs. The Pointer is also known as the Setter, and the term “Bloodhound” is sometimes mistakenly used to refer to the Pointer. The Pointer is a medium-sized, short-coated, muscular, graceful, and energetic sporting breed. The Pointer is a pointer, and as such, they are somewhat aloof and reserved with strangers, although they make excellent family pets and are affectionate with their owners.

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Pointer Physical Characteristics

The Pointer is a medium to large-sized hunting breed that is typically between 26 and 30 inches tall at the shoulder and between 55 and 80+ pounds. They have an elongated, slender body and a relatively short, straight or somewhat wavy, coarse, hard, and harsh outer coat of various shades of red, wheaten, or orange. They have a dark-brown muzzle, dark brown eyes, and a docked tail. Their ears are large and pointy.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 25 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 23 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 55 – 75 lbs

Female Weight Range: 45 – 65 lbs

Pointer Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Pointer Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Bloat, Congenital Heart Defect, Eye Conditions

Pointer Temperament and Behaviour

The Pointer is an energetic, athletic, and active breed. They are highly intelligent and respond well to positive reinforcement. They are highly trainable, and are great candidates for hunting, tracking, and competitive sports. Pointers are also very adaptable, and do well in many different types of environments.

Pointer Activity Requirements

Pointers are a medium to large size working dog that was developed in the United Kingdom as a gundog. Pointers have a moderate level of energy and are best suited to the countryside. They need room to run and an outdoor space where they can do some of their hunting. Pointers are not an ideal pet for city dwellers. They are not well suited to apartment living and need a backyard where they can run around.

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Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Pointer is part of the Sporting group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Pointer is part of the Gundog group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Pointer is part of the Gundog group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Pointer is part of the Sporting group.

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