The Pointer dog is also called the English Pointer and this name is more common than just the Pointer dog. The pointer dog or English Pointer appeared for the first time in England and this is why it is called the English Pointer. The Pointer is a medium or large-sized dog and it is chiefly bred to be used as a gun dog or bird dog making it a perfect choice for hunters especially those who hunt birds. English Pointers can find birds and point to their locations. Finding the Pointer dog for the first time dates back to the 17th century as it was seen in England in 1650. The English Pointer arrived in the United States in the late 1800s and once it arrived, it started to quickly spread thanks to the abundance of the open hunting land during that time. To discover more secrets about the English Pointer dog including the physical characteristics and personality, keep reading the following facts that you may not know.
♦ What are the physical characteristics of the English Pointer?
The English Pointer is available in different colors and the standard colors that are usually found include lemon and white, black and white, orange and white and there is also liver and white. All the English pointer dogs have black or dark brown noses except for the lemon and white dogs whose noses are flesh colored. The white color is the main color for the body of most of the Pointers and there are also other Pointer dogs that have their bodies in solid colors such as solid black.
The male Pointers are larger and heavier than the female ones. The height of male Pointers ranges from 60 to 70 cm (25-28 inches) and the weight ranges from 25 to 34 kg (55-75 lb). The females are shorter and lighter since their height ranges from 58 to 66 cm (23-26 inches) and the weight comes between 20-30 kg (45-65 lb).
♦ What about the English Pointer’s personality?
The English Pointer is especially bred for being used as a gun or bird dog; however it is not the only purpose for which these dogs are used since the English pointer is also perfect as a pet at your home. The English pointer is intelligent, loyal, clean, friendly, affectionate, kind and not aggressive, highly energetic which means that it needs regular exercise, friendly towards other pets including cats and dogs, likes children and is good with them making it perfect as a good companion for the whole family. Although the English Pointers bark at noises particularly the suspicious ones, they are not considered as good watchdogs. Pointers like imitating you and this is why you will find them relaxing on the sofas and chairs on which you sit.
♦ Do you know the most famous Pointers?
There are famous Pointers that are known for many people around the world and differ from those ordinary Pointers that we usually see. The most famous Pointers in the world are “Judy” that was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal for her role during the World War II and there is also “Sensation” that appears on the logo of the Westminster Kennel Club.