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Pointer

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Dog Breed Group
Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
England, hunting dog. 
Life Expectancy
12 - 14 Years 
Color
Lemon and white, orange and white, liver and white, black and white; self (pure) colors and tricolors. 
Coat
Short, dense and smooth. 
Exercise Needs
Rigorous exercise is mandatory as confinement may result in hyperactivity. 
Temperament
The Pointer is responsive, lively and independent. He is also high strung and task-oriented. 
Good with Children
Good with children. Will accept other animals. 
Grooming Needs
Minimal grooming which should consist of a quick rub with a rough cloth a few times a week. 
Average Size - Male (in)
25 - 28 
Average Size - Female (in)
23 - 26 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
55 - 75 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
45 - 65 
Health Issues
Elbow and hip dysplasia, PRA, epilepsy.v
Living Conditions
Not designed for apartment life or a first dog as he has tremendous energy which must be directed into some task. He is suited f 

Breed Description

The Pointer is bred primarily for sport and is a true wide-range hunter. He gives the impression of compact power and agile grace. His movement should show him to be a wide-awake, hard-driving hunting dog possessing stamina, courage and the desire to go. There is no exact record of where the first Pointers came from, some say Spain and Portugal, other say eastern Europe and England. What is agreed upon is that he was crossed with the old Spanish Pointer and a lighter-boned variety of Foxhound.

Breed Infobits

The name 'Pointer' suggests its stance when in the presence of game.

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