Pointer Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:n/a
  • Size:Large
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium/High
  • Exercise Needed:Walks and runs everyday
  • Energy Level:Medium/ High
  • Protection:May make an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, when brought up with children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:Male: 55-75; Female: 45-65 lbs
  • Height:Male: 25-28; Female: 23-26 inches
  • Coat Colour:Liver, lemon, black, orange, either solid or mixed with white

Pointer Coat

The Pointer has a very short coat, which makes grooming a breeze. The coat should remain short, dense and smooth. The coat should also have a shiny appearance.

Pointer Character

Friendly and energetic, this breed can also become very timid if not properly socialized at a young age. The Pointer can also prove difficult to train. As this breed has hunting instincts, it is not recommended for homes with small and passive animals.

Pointer Temperament

A very even-tempered and alert dog that generally loves to be around people. This dog makes a wonderful companion, but is not recommended for the average home. The Pointer does best in a field environment, but will also do well in a regular home providing he has an experienced handler and sufficient exercise.

Pointer Care

Firm bristle brushing occasionally will suffice for this very easy to groom breed. The Pointer generally only needs to be bathed once every six months as they are fairly clean. Average shedding, a wipe with a dry towel or a rubber brush will remove much of the loose hair.

Pointer Activity

The Pointer does best in a field environment and loves the outdoors. A very tireless breed, this dog requires extensive exercise or he can become destructive. Acreage is best.

Pointer Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Pointer is 11-14 years, and there are a number of health problems associated with this breed. This includes cataracts, entropion, epilepsy, HD, PRA, and thyroid problems. The parents of the Pointer puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.