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Pointer

Group: Gundogs (Group 3)
Club: Victorian Gundog Club Inc (Group 3)
Contact: Leanne Tormey
Phone: 0421358301
Email: leannetormey@optusnet.com.au
Website: www.victoriangundogclub.com.au

Brief History

The origins of this breed lie in Europe, and he is believed to be descended from the Spanish Pointer. The Pointer was developed as a hunting dog in the British Isles during the 17th and 18th centuries, bred to gallop over large expanses of land in search of feathered game. When this game was detected, the dog would instinctively stop, freeze and ‘point’ out the location of the hidden birds for the hunter. The general characteristics of the Pointer today have changed very little from his forebears.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 12 to 14 years.

Temperament

Pointers have a kind and even disposition. They are gentle and fun loving, enjoy human company and are very loyal and affectionate. There is nothing quite like a ‘Pointer hug’.

General Breed Description

The Pointer is an athletic, noble and aristocratic breed, capable of great speed and agility. He has a characteristic dish-faced appearance and a tail that lashes from side to side. The Pointer is an eye-catching dog, either working in the field or in the show ring and can be a successful competitor in such dog sports as Obedience, Agility and Tracking. The coat comes in various colours, orange and white, black and white, lemon and white or liver and white. They can also have solid colours and tri-colours.

Coat and Care Requirements

The Pointer has an easy-care short coat. Regular grooming and bathing are required to keep the skin healthy and the coat shiny. They shed small hairs that may embed into clothes and upholstery.

Size

Height: Males 63 to 69cms (25 to 27ins), Females 61 to 66cms (24 to 26ins).

Health

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Pointer is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Hip Dysplasia (HD), Elbow Dysplasia and Skin Irritations or Allergies.

Suitability

Pointers are ideal for an active family. They are suitable for someone who wants an active dog, as they require a good romp as part of their daily exercise. They are willing to please, gentle and fun loving; they enjoy human interaction and are very loyal and affectionate. A good-sized, secure yard is very important. They can feel the cold easily, so will enjoy the warmth and comfort of their owner’s couch or bed. As with all dogs, they are known to chew things as youngsters and can become destructive when bored.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to ANKC Breed Standard:  http://ankc.org.au/Breed/Detail/122

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