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English Pointer – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 44 to 66 pounds
Height: 22 to 24 inches
Longevity: 14
Bark Tendency: Low
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt an English Pointer, Dog Breed Guide

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English Pointer
Other Name:
Pointer

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Date – Late 17th Century
Country – Great Britain
Family / Group:
Gun Dog
Sporting
Pointer

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Field Dog Stud Book
American Field
Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.

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The exact date and area of origin of the English Pointer dog breed are debatable. Most dog historians believe that they originate in England during the latter parts of the 17th century. Some believe that they may have been initially developed in Spain or other parts of the European continent. Others believe that the Pointer dog breed originated in several countries at around the same time. Everyone agrees on why they were developed and that is to accompany hunters who used the slow reloading flintlock guns of the 17th century. The English Pointer was trained to stay on point until their hunter masters have reloaded their gun and are ready to shoot the game. This particular pointing dog breed is also believed to be the product of crossing various lineages of foxhounds as well as greyhounds and bloodhounds.

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English Pointers are dogs that are known to be very hardworking hunters that display enthusiasm while out on the hunt. They are known to display friendliness and are considered very even-tempered. These dogs are great when children and other dog breeds.

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English Pointers were bred to hunt together with Greyhounds. They were trained to point the small game which in turn will be chased by the Greyhound. During the early part of the 18th Century, these pointing dogs were prized by hunters for their abilities to both point and track game by scent.

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The English Pointers are dogs that are not great apartment pets. These dogs will thrive in rural areas where there is ample space to move about.

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The English Pointer dog breed is very easy to groom. These are dogs that shed hair in average amounts.

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The English Pointer dogs are known to be trainable. Having them well trained is easy.

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These particular pointing dog breeds are known to be at high risk of acquiring hearing and eyesight disorders.

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English Pointers are very energetic dogs that will require great amounts of activity. They are a tireless dog breed and activities should be vigorous and challenging. Taking them on long brisk walks every day is required. Having them as jogging or running mates on a daily schedule is highly recommended.

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