Pointer Breed

Named for the hunting technique of pointing to the scent of downed game, Pointers are best in class as gundogs. They are smart, Athletic, and loyal.
Pointer breed information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed


23-28 Inches


45-75 Lbs.


13-14 Years

Pointer Breed Information

Originally bred in England, the Pointer — also called the English Pointer — is a versatile hunting dog breed. The Pointer is an intelligent, athletic, and loyal breed known to be the best gundog breed.

Named for the pointing technique of using their snout to guide hunters to downed fowl or small game.

Pointers are an energetic breed that loves to run and play, and need plenty of exercise to stay happy and healthy. The Pointer is an excellent hunting dog breed, and is also a popular choice for obedience and agility trials.

The Pointer is a medium-sized, muscular dog with a short, dense coat.

Exercise Needs

The Pointer is an energetic and active breed that needs plenty of exercise, and will do best in a home with a large yard or access to plenty of open space to run and play.

Training Needs

The Pointer is an intelligent breed that is eager to please, and therefore relatively easy to train. The Pointer will do best with positive reinforcement training methods such as rewards-based training.

Health Concerns

The Pointer is a generally healthy breed with few major health concerns. However, some minor health concerns that have been seen in the breed include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and hypothyroidism.


The Pointer is a low-maintenance breed and only needs to be brushed on a weekly basis. The Pointer is an average shedder and will shed more heavily during the spring and fall months.

Breed Identification


Liver, Lemon, Black, Orange, Either Solid Or Mixed With White



Breed Care


Once a week


More than an hour per day


hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism

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