Often called the English Pointer, this dog was bred as a type of gun dog, used in hunting to retrieve fallen prey. The Pointer's appearance is athletic and graceful. It has a sturdy and muscular build with a short-haired, smooth coat. Recognisable by its pointed, hanging ears and its deep muzzle and well defined stop, the Pointer is popular today as a family pet as well as a working dog and hunting companion.


English Pointers are full of energy when taken outside for exercise. It is best to keep them on a leash unless they are very well trained as their natural hunting instinct means they will chase small animals and mark them out as prey. They are intelligent, easy to train and very even-tempered. Pointers are affectionate and loving towards their owner and family. There should be no signs of aggression in this breed that could be characterised as laid back in attitude. They are fantastic with other pets, dogs and small children and are very relaxed when indoors making them superb family pets. They are great at adapting to new situations as well.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 22-24 inches (55-62cm) Bitches 21-24 inches (54-60cm)

    Weight: Dogs 44-66 pounds (20-30kg) Bitches 44-66 pounds (20-30kg)

  • Health Problems

    English Pointers are prone to hip dysplasia. They can also suffer from thyroid issues and skin conditions. Dwarfism has also been noted in the breed.

  • Living Conditions

    English Pointers, due to their high energy levels, are not recommended for apartment life. They do much better in larger households that have very large yards or garden for the Pointer to run around in.

  • Exercise

    The Pointer is extremely energetic and will be able to run all day without getting tired. This breed truly needs a very active owner who will ensure it gets all the physical and mental stimulation that it needs. They need long walks, time off-leash to run around and plenty of play time that include catching games and fetching games. This is a very demanding dog in this respect.

  • Life Expectancy

    About 13-14 years

  • Litter Size

    About 13-14 years

  • Grooming

    The Pointer requires little grooming. It has a short and smooth coat that should be brushed regularly to keep it in great shape.

  • Group

    Gun Dog, AKC Sporting

  • Recognition