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Understanding and Training an English Pointer

English Pointer

This is a very enthusiastic & exuberant breed that requires a lot of vigorous exercise, yet a calm, interactive living environment.  Too much confinement as well as too much other surrounding hyperactivity will make this breed restless, noisy and perhaps destructive.  Therefore Pointers are best suited for an owner that can keep them well exercised, yet relaxed. 

A bit stubborn and easily distracted, the Pointer is a biddable breed that will respond to patient obedience training.  They require firm, persistent and purposeful obedience training to keep them stimulated.  Also a sweet & gentle, often nervous dog, training should not include any jerking around.  A well balanced Pointer is encouraged to develop their brain constructively through human intervened learning activities.

Of all sporting dogs, the English Pointer is one of the fastest and most concentrated & competitive while hunting.  However, the Pointer is content to be a non-hunter provided they get adequate exercise, most of which is at least at a galloping pace.  Surprisingly, when well exercised, the Pointer has second "natural desire" to feel part of a pack, which often means being included as a couch potato.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: English Pointer

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 44 - 66 lbs (20 - 30 kg); 61 - 69 cm
  • General Temperament: Responsive, Lively & Gentle
  • General Description: An agile, active & alert hunter, the Pointer also has a gentle, affectionate side and makes a desirable companion for the active family.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience   x      
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required x        
Activity Indoors     x    
Ease of Training     x    
Sociability with Strangers     x    
Grooming Requirements       x  


Brief History

The oldest of all the pointing breeds, otherwise known as the English Pointer, used to scent, "point" and retrieve game.



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