Bred for sport, Pointers are named for
their function, which is to find birds and then freeze "on point"
until the hunter locates them. They are excellent gun
dogs and considered one of the most effective of the sporting dogs.
The Pointer stands up to
28 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a short, smooth coat in liver,
lemon, black, or orange, sometimes solid but usually with white. Grooming requirements are minimal.
Sleek, muscular, and
task-oriented, the Pointer is an energetic and devoted hunting dog. First
time dog owners should be cautious before taking on this breed. His owner
must find a way to channel his tremendous energy by giving him a job to
do. Confinement without vigorous exercise may result in a hyperactive dog.
training and socialization will make the Pointer a good house pet. He
tolerates other animals well and is playful and loving with children.
He does best in a rural
environment where there is plenty of room to run off his boundless energy.
The key to this dog's mental and physical well-being is activity! His
owner must be willing and able to devote the time and energy required.