Temperament : Active, Affectionate, Amiable, Even Tempered, Kind, Loyal, Intelligent
Male : 22 to 24 inches (55 to 62 cm)
Female : 21 to 24 inches (54 to 60 cm)
Male : 25 to 34 kg
Female : 20-30kg
Female 20 - 30 kg
Coat Colours :
Black & White
Lemon & White
Liver & White
Orange & White
Litter Size : 4-6 Puppies
Puppy Price : USD $400-500
Breed Overview The pointer combines athletic grace and power with a lean, muscular body, noble head, alert expression and noble carriage. The gait is smooth and powerful, with head held high and nostrils wide, enabling it to cover a lot of ground while searching for airborne scent. The tail lashes from side to side when the dog gaits. The pointer's close coat is short and dense, giving a clean streamlined appearance. field type pointers tend to hold their tails upright when on point Breed Skills The pointer is employed to find upland game. In performing its task as a hunters' aid, these skills may be expected from Pointers when hunting:
Point – The dog finds and points out the location of birds.
Honor – The dog stops immediately or within a few steps, usually in a pointing stance, upon observing a bracemate on point.
Retrieve – Pointers are not expected to be natural retrievers, but are often trained and expected to find dead or wounded game
Pointers are loyal and devoted to their owners
They have low maintenance coats
They are a good choice for first time owners who have the time to dedicate to their dogs
They are good around children and other dogs
They have relatively low shedding coats
Pointers thrive on being in the great outdoors
They need a lot of vigorous exercise and mental stimulation
They are not natural watchdogs
They are better suited to people who lead active, outdoor lives
They do not adapt well to apartment living
Breed History The first recorded mentions of the Pointer were in England around 1650. The Pointer was developed by crossing the Italian Pointer, Foxhound, Bloodhound, Greyhound, Newfoundland, Setter and Bulldog. The name derived from the way the dog stands motionless when he spots his game as if he is pointing right at it. Before hunting with guns was popular, Pointers were used to find hare for the Greyhound to hunt. By the early 1700s the Pointer became very popular among hunters. Excellent at catching a scent and pointing the hunter in the right direction, the dogs are very quick and can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time and are often used to flush out birds. They are not water dogs nor are they expected to retrieve the kill. The dogs work great in warm weather but do not do well when it is very cold. The English Pointer often wins Pointing Field Trials over all other pointing breeds. The Pointer was first recognized by the AKC in 1884. The pointer is a true wide-ranging hunter, which means that it not only is an excellent bird dog but also has the stamina to run for hours. Consequently, it needs lots of exercise or it can become frustrated and destructive. Because it is ever on the lookout for birds, it is easily distracted from everyday matters — but it is nearly impossible to distract once on point. It is gentle and sweet but may be too energetic and boisterous at times for very small children. Like many sporting breeds, it can be found in field or show types; the field type is generally smaller and perhaps more active
Daily Feed Requirements It's best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it's good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements. It's also important that dogs be given the right amount of exercise so they burn off any excess calories or they might gain too much weight which can lead to all sorts of health issues. Obesity can shorten a dog's life by several years so it's important to keep an eye on their waistline from the word go.
Feeding guide for a Pointer puppy Puppies need to be fed a highly nutritious, good quality diet for them to develop and grow as they should. As a rough guide, a Pointer puppy can be fed the following amounts every day making sure their meals are evenly spread out throughout the day and it's best to feed them 3 or 4 times a day:
2 months old - 244g to 286g depending on puppy's build
3 months old - 307g to 365g depending on puppy's build
4 months old - 334g to 400g depending on puppy's build
5 months old - 361g to 454g depending on puppy's build
6 months old - 385g to 505g depending on puppy's build
7 months old - 383g to 506g depending on puppy's build
8 months old - 354g to 471g depending on puppy's build
9 months old - 329g to 440g depending on puppy's build
10 months old - 298g to 402g depending on puppy's build
11 months old - 270g to 365g depending on puppy's build
12 months old - 268g to 363g depending on puppy's build
13 months old - 266g to 360g depending on puppy's build
14 months old - 266 g to 357g depending on puppy's build
Once a puppy is 15 months old they can be fed adult dog food. Feeding guide for an adult PointerOnce fully mature, an adult Pointer must be fed a good quality diet to ensure their continued good health. As a rough guide, an adult Pointer can be fed the following amounts every day:
Dogs weighing 20 kg can be fed 256g to 343g depending on activity
Dogs weighing 25 kg can be fed 276g to 363g depending on activity
Dogs weighing 30 kg can be fed 307g to 404g depending on activity
Dogs weighing 34 kg can be fed 337g to 443g depending on activity
Alternatively you can try “Premium Daily Diet for Pointer Dogs” made through the ‘Secret Recipe’ of Nadia Pets Cross. It also contains essential dietary requirements, minerals, vitamins, preventive medicines and a branded breeding formula to enhance fertility in your Dog.
English Pointer Diseases, Diagnostic, and Treatment
Hip dysplasia (common among larger dogs) is a condition in which the thighbone and hip joint do not fit together properly, causing pain and lameness. Arthritis can develop later in life as a result of the condition.
Progressive retinal atrophy refers to a family of eye conditions which result in the deterioration of the retina. In the early stages, dogs may lose their sight at night, and then gradually lose their sight during the daytime too. Most dogs, however, adapt to their vision loss very well unless faced with new or changing environments.
Epilepsy. Possibly inherited, epilepsy is a neurological disorder which causes seizures that can manifest themselves in unusual behaviour, dizziness, rigidity and fainting spells. Though it is frightening to watch, the prognosis for affected dogs is usually quite good, and treatment is available.
Neurotropic osteopathy is a rare disease which affects the bones and is caused by abnormalities in the nerves. It usually occurs when the dog is 3 – 9 months old and can lead to spinal degeneration.
Cherry eye is, you guessed it, a condition affecting the eye, causing the third eyelid to well and cause irritation. It generally appears as a red mass (hence the name cherry) on the corner of the dog’s eye. It is treated with surgery.
Cataracts can occur in Pointers, causing them to develop poor vision and a cloudy appearance in the eyes. They usually occur in older dogs and may be removed surgically if necessary.
Entropion is a condition which generally occurs in young dogs and causes the eyelid to roll inwards, which can lead to irritation or injury of the eyeball. Signs include rubbing or scratching around the eye area. It can be treated surgically if necessary.
Chondrodysplasia. A genetic deformity characterised by abnormally short legs. Some dogs may only be mildly affected, but some can be crippled. Less severely affected dogs lead normal lives but should not be bred to prevent the passage of the defect to offspring.
Addison’s Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism). This serious illness is caused by the insufficient production of adrenal hormones by the adrenal gland. Pointers with Addison’s disease may have a poor appetite, appear lethargic and vomit. The symptoms of this disease are not always straightforward so it’s best to visit your vet where tests can be performed.
Demodectic Mange. Demodex mites are passed down from mother to pup but are not transferrable to other dogs or humans. These mites are normal and present in every dog, and typically do not cause any issues. However, a Pointer with a weak immune system could develop demodectic mange. Characterised by red, scaly skin and hair loss, the disease often goes away on its own, but should still be discussed with a vet
Pointer Allergies: Pointers are prone to suffering from allergies which can be notoriously hard to clear up and finding the triggers which could include the following:
Due to wheat and cereal fillers in feed
Flea and tick bites
Chemicals found in everyday household cleaning products