The Pointer came to be in the 16th and 17th centuries when pointing breeds were brought from the European mainland to England. At least four breeds appear to have been instrumental in Pointer crosses — Greyhounds, Foxhounds, Bloodhounds, and Bull Terriers. Pointers were brought to the United States, where the breed flourished in the abundant open hunting land. A dog called “Sensation” which was imported from England, and Elhew kennel which is an American kennel established in 1936 and known for breeding large quantities of Pointers, exerted influence on the breed. The breed is so dominant and abundant in the Southern United States and is often referred to as the “bird dog”.
Most Pointers are white, with either liver, lemon, orange or black markings. Lemon and white Pointers have flesh-colored noses while Pointers with orange, liver or black markings have dark (black or very dark brown) nose pigmentation. The approximate height and weight of male Pointers are 60-70 cm and 25-34 kg. While the Female Pointers’ approximate height and weight are 58-66 cms and 20-30 kg.
Pointers are even-tempered, congenial, and make good house pets so long as they get sufficient exercise due to their extremely high energy levels. They also enjoy coexisting with other dogs and cats because of their very low and non-existent aggression level. They fit in well with family life and are very good with children. They can be somewhat boisterous and will bark at suspicious noises but are not a great watchdog breed. Pointers are habitual “couch potatoes” and usually enjoy relaxing on chairs or sofas.
A Pointer has a lifespan of 12-15 years. Pointers are generally healthy, but like all other breeds, they’re prone to certain health problems. Some problems that can occur in the breed include hip dysplasia, cherry eye, epilepsy, and allergies.