The English Pointer is a friendly and sensitive dog. This breed is suitable for advanced dog lovers. It is suitable for both singles and families. You should also share a passion for hunting with this dog.
The English Pointer is a dog breed of English and Irish origin. It is recognized by the FCI and assigned to Group 7.
It is available in the colors lemon yellow and white, orange and white, leather brown and white, black and white, but also solid and of course tricolored. This breed has various patterns, e.g. spotted or blank. The coat of the English Pointer is short, smooth and shiny.
He is an ideal family dog. The English Pointer is very loyal to cats and other dogs. It also lives very harmoniously with children. This dog should have been introduced to cats and other animals by the breeder. It is not suitable as a guard dog due to its open character. He is a friendly and intelligent dog.
With consistent training, the English Pointer is very easy to train. This breed needs a lot of exercise. The English Pointer is very intelligent. It is a wiry and elegant four-legged friend that combines strength and suppleness. This is a great advantage when hunting. The English Pointer barks very little. This breed can stay at home alone very well. However, due to its hunting instinct, it likes to run away from you. You should therefore secure your property very well.
It is used as a hunting dog in the field. However, it is also suitable as a pointing dog for hunting feathered game, for example pheasants.
This dog will fit in perfectly with your family. After a long walk in the woods or fields, he loves to cuddle up with his family. However, the English Pointer can easily catch a cold in cold weather. It is therefore essential to dry him off after a long walk in the rain.
A very important part of species-appropriate husbandry is plenty of exercise and long walks. This breed feels at home in a house with a family connection. It is not suitable for kennel or apartment keeping. Today, the English Pointer is a popular companion in the countryside and as a pointing dog for hunting.
Of course, this dog can also be trained as a rescue dog. This dog also feels at home in dog sports such as mantrailing due to its very well-developed nose. The English Pointer is particularly suitable as a companion dog for jogging and riding.
The right food
When choosing food, make sure that it contains high-quality ingredients, is balanced and meets your dog's requirements. Age, size or weight, activity and health status play an important role. You should follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the amount of food.
If your dog also hunts, it is important that he gets enough nutrients and calories, which a very active dog needs during this time.
Treats should only be fed in moderation and deducted from the basic diet to avoid obesity.
Puppies can be fed 4-6 times a day. The number of meals should be gradually reduced to 2 per day until the dog is fully grown. A rest period should be observed after meals.
Health & Care
The English Pointer's very short coat 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 have less hair in your home.
However, you should only bathe your dog if you absolutely have to. You can try brushing the dirt out of the dry coat before bathing your dog. You should always use a mild dog shampoo to bathe your English Pointer. After bathing, make sure that the pointer does not cool down.
It is also good to check the English Pointer's floppy ears regularly. Sometimes it is necessary to clean the ears with an ear cleaner to prevent inflammation.
As long as the claws do not wear off by themselves, it is not necessary to trim them.
Brushing your teeth regularly prevents tartar.
After hunting or a long walk in the woods and meadows, the dog should be checked for parasites and ticks.
In winter, you should protect your English Pointer with a coat, as it does not tolerate the cold very well.
He also needs a collar or harness with a lead, a sleeping basket or mat as a retreat, a food and water bowl, tick tweezers, claw clippers and a transport box for transportation in the car.
Origin & History
The English Pointer, or simply Pointer, is descended from a Spanish hunting dog. Its ancestors arrived in England around 1700. There were also crosses with Foxhounds, French hounds. Greyhounds were crossed in to increase the speed of the English Pointer.
The English Pointer has been bred in its present form in Great Britain since 1835. Through the crossbreeding of the Greyhound, the English Pointer is now black in color. The heritage of the greyhound is still clearly visible in the stature of the pointer.
Its name "Perro de Punta" comes from the Spanish and means "dog to point". The traits for tracking down game, remaining motionless and with a raised paw, appeared mutatively. These characteristics were reinforced through pure breeding.