The English Pointer is very much appreciated by hunters, and is still considered the pointing dog par excellence by the latter. Still dominating pointing competitions, the English Pointer is the hunter's great friend. Over time, however, he has also become man's best friend, even if he is not a hunter. The English Pointer's great qualities as a companion dog have made him a much appreciated dog, as much for his working aptitudes as for his attitude in family. According to many, he is the dog of choice for most situations.
Quick Overview of the English Pointer
- Energetic and fast
- Balanced and docile
- Very affectionate
- Faithful with an excellent character
- Harmonious and well-built physique
- Shows great flexibility
- Very pleasant general appearance
- Robust and very strong
- No particular problem
- Rarely ill
- Good longevity
Temperament of the English Pointer
Energetic, balanced, fast, enduring, lively, docile and very affectionate, this gentle dog is an aristocrat at heart. He is even-tempered, loyal and has an excellent character.
This energetic, spirited hunting dog is well known for his great speed and exceptional sense of smell. He is very efficient and tenacious at work, and his great ardor sometimes leads him to unintentional injuries due to his overwhelming energy.
The English Pointer, so spirited at work, is an exemplary gentle, calm and balanced family dog. He has a real admiration for his master.
Always even-tempered, he is very wise in the house, and perfect as a life companion for all kinds of homeowners. He has no problem with children, and makes an excellent companion for older people.
Endowed with a very harmonious and well built physique, the English Pointer shows beautiful flexibility, as well as great strength.
Great power and extraordinary ease in movements emerge from his general gait. The profile view of his lovely silhouette outlines beautiful graceful curves. His general appearance is very pleasant.
Between 63 and 69 cm (24.80 to 27.17 inches) for the male
Between 61 and 66 cm (24.02 to 25.98 inches) for the female
Between 20 and 30 kg (44.09 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 20 and 30 kg (44.09 to 66.14 pounds) for the female
The coat color of the English Pointer can vary between lemon and white, black and white, orange and white or brown and white.
His short, harsh coat is smooth, fine, glossy and straight.
His medium width skull has a well marked stop. Eye colour may vary between hazelnut and brown.
His ears, set high, are placed along the head. They are medium length, slightly pointed at the tip.
His nose is dark. His tail in action flaps from one side to the other.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 2 and is #1
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Tips About this breed
Compatible with all possible situations, he can adapt anywhere, as long as he gets plenty of exercise.
He doesn't really like the city, preferring by far the wide open spaces where he can run around freely. As he loves to gallop, he must be able to do so regularly during his frequent outings.
Whether he lives in the city or in the country, he must be able to live indoors, as he is very sensitive to humidity and cold, as his coat is not adapted to protect him adequately.
To ensure his excellent health, he must have a place in the house.
Very receptive and intelligent, his education and socialization are easy to achieve. Some patience, gentleness, tinged with a little firmness, and that's all there is to it. He is not at all stubborn or dominant.
Health of the English Pointer
Robust and very strong, his health generally causes no particular problems. Being rarely ill, he usually enjoys excellent health and life expectancy.
His pretty fleece, however, does not protect him from the cold and humidity, so he is very sensitive to temperature variations. He must therefore be protected from temperature changes and bad weather.
His ears require regular inspection, and his beautiful coat, mostly white, requires weekly brushing. His maintenance is easy, and takes little time.
History of this breed
His ancestor, a short-haired dog of Portuguese origin, already existed in England in the 18th century. Before that date, there is no officially documented record of the breed.
When he arrived in England, we do not know how or when, his ancestor was then crossed with the Greyhound, the Bloodhound and the Foxhound. Braque's blood would also have been added in the 19th century, of the French and Italian, as well as of the Setter.
In the 1700's, shooting being in fashion, he became more and more popular for hunting, as he proved to be the hunting dog par excellence at the time. The name comes from the still posture he adopts when hunting, when game is spotted. The breed club was officially founded in 1891.
This excellent pointing dog, pointing towards game, is also an excellent retriever. He is unquestionably hunters' best friend. Considered to be the best pointing dog there is, he excels in hunting partridge, pheasant, quail, woodcock and also in hunting big game.
He continues to excel on the plains or in open terrain. His olfactory exploits made him famous as a valuable assistant for the hunter.
Widely used for hunting at one time, he is nowadays more and more appreciated as a companion dog. Compatible with all family situations, he makes an excellent life companion.