The original purpose of the Pointer was to find and indicate a ‘point’ where hares were lurking, so that Greyhounds could then be brought in to run them down. The advent of shooting, however, saw the role of the Pointer modified to finding suitable game for the guns. Pointers dog breeds are therefore essentially working dogs, but can settle in the home if they have plenty of exercise as well
Coat Type/Colour: Short; Wide Variety
Height: 25 – 27 Inch (63.5 – 68.5 cm)
Weight: 44 – 66 lb (20 – 30 kg)
Nature: Essentially a working dog, but can settle well in the home
The influence of the Pointer (its ‘frozen’ stance characteristic of its field work) has extended into many other contemporary gundogs, although its origins are now unclear. It has been suggested that it may first have been bred in Spain, using a combination of Bloodhounds, Greyhounds and Foxhounds. The Spanish Pointer is a heavier dop breed today than its English counterpart, which is the form known simply as the Pointer. It is bred in a variety of colors, including lemon, orange and black and liver, as well as combined forms with white. Tri-coloured forms are also know.