It is the hunting dog prototype, the Pointer has a slim, athletic body. It can’t be confused, an excellent family company dog and also a flashy show dog.
The Pointer’s head is the trademark of the oldest of hunting dogs
Mostly, the Pointer is an alert and resistant hunter; its power is compact and its agility elegant. This hunter’s head is noble and proud; the skull is medium width, approximately as long as the muzzle, with a slight crease between the eyes and cheeks cleanly chiseled. The muzzle is deep without hanging lips. The ears drop naturally and reach under the jaw with little or no crease; somewhat pointy at the end. The eyes are intense and round. FCI and KC say: at the same distance from the occipital to the nose with a kind expression. The neck is long and dry, slightly arched; the shoulders long and slim, sloped; the elbows well let down; the chest deeper than wide; the back solid, slightly ascending from the rump to the withers; stomach tucked in; moderate sized tail, wide at the base, narrows gradually at the end and carried at the back level, without curving upwards. With the dog in action, the tail should move from one side to the other.
Powerful hinds to provide good impulse. The pointer is from 63 to 69 cm for the male, and from 61 to 66 cm for the female; it weight between 27 and 37 kg, the female 5 kg less.
The show Pointers are usually larger and larger boned than the field specimens. As a company animal, puppies from beauty lines are more agreeable and calm at home.
A popular choice amongst the breed’s enthusiasts, the Pointer is not as popular as a company dog although it is perfectly apt for domestic life. It is a talented dog at the field for which it has so many adepts in this modality. The Pointer is also exceptional with children, even tolerant with babies. The exercise and a fenced gardens are essential for this active work dog.
Pointer puppies bred at home are sweet and people oriented. Seek a kind and attentive puppy.
The Pointer usually has medium to large litters, and the puppy weight varied from 280 g to over 500 g. Usually the purely hunting lines (from working parents) are smaller and produce smaller dogs than the specimens bred for show. Every Pointer should display regular growth, weighing about 2 kg after three weeks. Supplementary diet might be necessary for slow growing puppies. The color varies a lot at birth, and the lemon color are usually born completely white, while other colors are born with large patches when growing. The mottled doesn’t appear until after three weeks. The buyer should choose an extroverted, vibrant puppy, from obedient, well built parents. Those who wish for a hunting specimen should choose from work lines. Those who wish for a show specimen should seek dark eyes, solid colored ears not Hound type and a natural structure.
The Pointer has proven to be an easy to care for dog breed, with little hereditary problems. The most important thing is its soon socialization and training. It is a highly energetic dog and hard work, originally bred for long days in the field. Care is minimal, although some skin problems (including demodectic mange), for which brushing and regular control is necessary. Hip dysplasia is the breeder’s largest concern, and a rare and unusual disease called neurotopic osteopathy has been documented in the Pointer; self injury symptoms usually appear between the third and ninth month, caused by a spine degeneration. Entropion, progressive retinal atrophy, gout and umbilical hernias are rare.
The ideal family for a Pointer has polite children, an active but not chaotic schedule, a fenced yard, and time to dedicate to an athlete, balanced character dog.