English Pointer is a friendly and sensitive dog. This dog breed is suitable for advanced dog lovers. It is suitable for singles as well as for families. With this dog they should also share the passion of hunting.
The English Pointer is a dog breed with English and Irish origin. They are recognized by the FCI and assigned to group 7.
They come in lemon yellow and white, orange and white, leather brown and white, black and white but also solid and of course tri-color. This dog breed has different patterns such as spotted or blank. The hair of the English Pointer is short, smooth and shiny.
He is also an ideal family dog. The English Pointer is very loyal to cats and other dogs. Living together with children is also very harmonious. This dog should already be in contact with cats and other animals at the breeder. They are not suitable as a guard dog because of their open nature. He is a sympathetic and clever dog.
An English Pointer is very easy to train with consistent training. This dog breed needs a lot of exercise. An English Pointer is very intelligent. He is a sinewy and elegant quadruped, which combines strength and suppleness. This is a very big advantage in hunting. An English Pointer barks very little. This dog breed can stay at home alone very well. However, due to its hunting instinct, it likes to run away from you. Therefore you should secure your property very well.
He is used in the fields as a hunting dog. But he is also suitable as a pointing dog when hunting the feathered game, such as pheasants.
This dog is ideal for your family. After the long walk in the forest and in the field, he loves cuddling with his family. However, English Pointers can get cold very easily in cold weather. Therefore, after an extended walk in the rain, be sure to rub him dry.
A very important part of the species-appropriate attitude is very much exercise and long walks. This dog breed is very good in a house with family connection. However, it is not suitable for keeping in a kennel or in the apartment. Today, the English Pointer is a popular companion in the countryside and as a pointing dog in hunting.
You can of course start training with this dog as a rescue dog. Also in dog sports like mantrailling this dog feels really good because of his very well trained nose. An English Pointer is particularly well suited as a companion for jogging and horseback riding.
The right food
A very important contribution to keep your dog healthy is the diet. The English Pointer needs a protein-rich diet. As with other dog breeds, this should consist of a lot of meat.
On the list of ingredients of the dog food meat should always be in the first place. Food that contains cereals should be avoided at all costs for an English Pointer.
The energy requirement is related to its workload. English Pointers that are not used for hunting or dog sports tend to become overweight very quickly.
You should therefore always keep an eye on your Pointer's waist to see if he is gaining or losing weight. The amount of food should be adjusted accordingly.
It is also important to give the English Pointers enough rest after feeding to avoid a life-threatening gastritis in this dog breed. An adult dog should be fed in two meals.
Dry chews or snacks for dental care are suitable as rewards and treats. You should make sure that your dog has enough fresh drinking water.
English Pointer Care
The very short coat of the English Pointer is very easy to care for. You only need to brush your faithful companion twice a week. You can do this with a soft brush. This way you will also have less hair in your home.
However, you should only bathe your dog if it is absolutely necessary. You can try brushing the dirt out of the dry coat before bathing your dog. For bathing the English Pointer you should use a mild dog shampoo. After bathing, make sure that the Pointer does not get cold.
It is also good to regularly check the beautiful floppy ears of the English Pointer. Sometimes you need to clean the ears with an ear cleaner to prevent inflammation.
The Pointers run off their claws due to their very strong urge to move. Therefore, they do not need to be cut. Only older dogs should be supported by a pedicure. This prevents injuries from overlong claws.
An English Pointer is a playful but also temperamental dog. With treats you can motivate your dog to learn different tasks. However, these treats should be low in calories, because the English Pointer gets fat very quickly.
In winter, you should protect your English Pointer with a coat as it does not tolerate the cold very well.
As accessories for a pointer are suitable all accessories for large dogs.
Origin & History
The English Pointer or also called Pointer, descends from a Spanish hunting dog. Its ancestors came to England around 1700. There were also crosses with Foxhounds, the French running dogs. To increase the speed of the English Pointer even more, there were crosses with the Greyhound.
The English Pointer has been bred in its present form in Great Britain since 1835. Due to the cross-breeding of the Greyhound, the English Pointers today have the color black. In the stature of the Pointer, the heritage of the greyhound can still be seen very well.
His name Perro de Punta comes from the Spanish and means dog to point. The characteristics of remaining motionless and with raised paw to track down game appeared mutatively. These characteristics were further consolidated by pure breeding.