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English Pointer

Country of origin:
Great Britain

Domestic dog, bird dog

Lemon and white, orange and white, reddish brown and white, black and white. Monochrome and tricolour are also allowed

Noble, gentle, affectionate, sensitive, obedient, agile, alert, hardy, affectionate, friendly

54-69 cm

20-30 kg

12-13 years

Other names:
English pointer


Fashion size:
English Pointer – a brave and temperamental dog. The energy of this breed is bound to spill over the edges, so it’s up to owners to find somewhere to channel it. English Pointers are easy dogs to train and are happy to follow the commands they have been taught, but it is important to bear in mind that this is a hunting dog with a very strong desire for independence. If you find a way to motivate your dog, the English Pointer will not be difficult to train, and can also be entered into various dog sports competitions. English Pointers are only suitable for people who are not strangers to an active lifestyle and outdoor activities – this breed of dog cannot stand monotony and house sitting.

History of the breed

The English Pointer is the only representative of the short-haired English Hound. The breed was bred in England in the 18th century to increase the number of birds hunted. This required a fast and hardy dog that could withstand adverse weather conditions. It is believed that at the beginning of the 18th century, Spanish hounds were brought to England by military officers and became the basis of the new breed. pointers were originally used to refer to all smooth-coated dogs that would stand still when they saw a bird. This allowed the hunter to know where the prey could be found. The history of the English Pointer breed is still a mystery to this day – it is still not known which dogs were crossed in the breeding process (presumably greyhounds, foxhounds, setters, but also bulldogs). Because of their exceptional working qualities, English Pointers became popular quite quickly outside England. Pointers were crossed with other hounds to improve their speed and olfactory acuity. The English Pointer was first exhibited in 1856 and the first breed standard was soon described. The breed was registered by the International Federation of Cynologists rather late – only in 1970. In England, Pointers are divided into two groups – show dogs and field dogs.

English Pointer: appearance

English Pointers are well-proportioned dogs characterised by elegance and grace. The body is strong and muscular, with males reaching a height of 57-65 cm at the withers and females of 54-63 cm. Interestingly, the height of these dogs is higher in England than in the rest of the world, with the ideal height for males being 63-69 cm and for females 61-66 cm. The head of the English Pointer is of medium width, the length is proportional to the muzzle, and there is a pronounced occipital tubercle. Ears are high set, held close to the head, slightly pointed at the tips. Eyes of medium size, rounded, with a rounded and intelligent gaze. Eye colour is close to or darker than the coat colour. The tail is rather high, broad at the base, tapering to the rear, held up not above the dorsal line. The coat of the English Pointer is short, close-fitting and glossy (1-1,3 cm long). Available coat colours: lemon and white, orange and white, red-brown and white, black and white. Monochrome and tricolour are also allowed.

English pointer: character

The English Pointer is an affectionate and friendly dog that is willing to get along with people and animals alike. The breed is tolerant of children’s mischief and can therefore be kept in homes with young children. English point

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