About the Breed
In the 1600’s, Pointers were originally used to sniff out and point hare for Greyhounds to give chase and catch. Nowadays, Pointers are considered the “Rolls Royce” of dogs used to point game. Especially dogs from working lines excel at this task and are in their element hunting in the field. They have amazing speed and endurance and the ability to locate game with great accuracy.
The standard coloring of the Pointer is white, with either liver, lemon, orange or black markings. Lemon and white dogs have flesh-colored noses, while Pointers with orange, liver or black markings have dark (black or very dark brown) nose pigmentation. Although pointers may have solid coloring in any of the above hues, most pointers are primarily white with some body markings.
Pointers are even-tempered, congenial dogs, and despite their large size, make good house pets so long as they get sufficient exercise due to their extremely high energy levels. Pointers are intelligent, affectionate, clean and intensely loyal. Their aggression level is very low to non-existent and they normally happily coexist with other dogs and cats.
They are not typically territorial and can be reserved with strangers. Pointers are very patient with children and fit in well with family life generally. Pups can be somewhat boisterous and their long legs as they grow, make them appear somewhat clumsy in a charming way. They will bark at suspicious noises, but are not a great watchdog breed.
While Pointers were bred to be hunting dogs, they are perfectly content to be given adequate exercise by other means. Since they are a galloping breed, regular exercise is important for them, as it is for all sporting breeds. Pointers are habitual "couch potatoes" who enjoy relaxing on the family's chairs or sofas. This is a natural part of their desire to feel part of the pack.