AKC PuppyFinder: Pointer Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Even-tempered, alert, hardworking, and loyal; a peerless hunting partner
- Energy Level: Very Active; Energetic, hard-driving gundogs, Pointers crave serious exercise
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: Yes
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 25-28 inches (male), 23-26 inches (female)
- Weight: 55-75 pounds (male), 45-65 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 12-17 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
The Pointer's build, temperament and work ethic exemplify everything a great hunting partner should be. He's intelligent and alert, ready to do his job with agility and grace. This is a high-energy breed that can run all day or play endlessly. Your Pointer puppy benefits from early training and socialization to make him a happy canine member of the family. With plenty of exercise and a fenced yard to run in, he'll be happy to snooze with his beloved family at the end of the day.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1884
Breed History & Job Description: The breed’s name is also its job description: Pointers point, and they’ve been pointing for centuries. In the days before rifles, British pointing dogs hunted hares in tandem with coursing hounds. The Pointer would find and indicate prey, and the hounds gave chase. In the 1700s, with the rise of wing-shooting, the Pointer became a devoted and durable gundog. In pointing and retrieving game birds, Pointers have few peers—and their fans say that no dog does it better.
Pointers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, such as epilepsy, hip dysplasia, eye and autoimmune disorders (skin allergies, hypothyroidism, etc). Even though parents have been x-rayed and cleared of genetic disorders, they can still carry the genes for them. It is always recommended that health tests be performed before you consider breeding your dog in order to decrease the odds of passing on harmful genes. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Pointers are healthy dogs.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Thyroid Evaluation
- Breed Club