Described as a "dashing gentleman" the English pointer
is loyal, affectionate and enthusuastic. With a graceful and aristocratic
air the breed carries its head proudly. Alert and muscular, the
pointer is an energetic hunter.Young puppies may even show that
characteristic pointing behaviour. Generally calm at home, not used
as a watch dog.
Called the pointer for the motionless stance the dog assumes pointing
out to the hunter where the game is hiding.
Nose is set a little higher that the rest of the muzzle and eyes
are hazel or chestnut.Primarily white coat, with lemon, liver black
or orange in either solid patched or speckled. Tricolor allowed,
nose should match coat colour. Never docked.
T he breed was developed 2 centuries ago, and the modern pointer
as we know it has existed for about 80 years.
The first recorded mention of the pointer was around 1650, and by
the early 1700's the pointer became the dog of choice and is depicted
in many paintings. According
to the most credible hypothesis, the Pointer was developed two centuries
ago by crossing among the Italian Pointer, the Setter, the Foxhound,
the Newfoundland, the Bloodhound, the Greyhound, and the Bulldog.