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Group (AKC):


Country of OriginGreat Britain
Type of coatShort, dense and smooth.
GroomingMinimal grooming which should consist of a quick rub with a rough cloth a few times a week.
Average height24 - 27 inches
Average weight44 - 66 lbs.
Activity levelVery High
ProtectionMedium - High
IntelligenceLow, Obedience - Medium, Problem Solving - Low
TrainabilityObedience training is strongly recommended. He can make a good house pet if handled and trained as a small puppy.
Compatibility with childrenYes, tolerant, playful and loving.
CharacterResponsive, lively, independent.
Ideal home environmentNot designed for apartment life or a first dog as he has tremendous energy which must be directed into some task. He is suited for kennel life as he requires less personal attention than many other sporting dogs. He will do better in a rural area.
Ideal ownerOwners of a Pointer must tolerate the dog's high strung, task-oriented temperament.
Links and resourcesAmerican Pointer Club, Inc.
Secretary, Lauri Shroyer, 7208 Sugar Maple Ct., Rockville, MD 20855

Additional notes:

The Pointer is bred primarily for sport and is a true wide-range hunter. It gives the impression of compact power and agile grace. Its movement should show him to be a wide-awake, hard-driving, hunting dog possessing stamina, courage, and the desire to go. Its energy and devotion makes it superior as a gundog.  They like to point.

Short History:

There is no exact record of where the first Pointers came from. Some say Spain and Portugal, others say eastern Europe and England, and still others wonder if they're aliens from another world. What is agreed upon is that they were crossed with the old Spanish Pointer and a lighter-boned variety of Foxhound.

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