American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Pointer


History

Dating back to the 1600's, the Pointer was created when the Italian Pointer, Foxhound, Bloodhound, Greyhound and Setter bloodlines were all crossed. This breed is extremely popular in the United States today both as a companion and as a hunting partner.

Appearance

The Pointer is a medium to large sized dog breed with males and females measuring 21-24 inches in height and weighing 45-65 pounds in weight. This breed has a broad, wedge shaped head that is rounded on the sides where their two triangular ears remain folded alongside their face, as their face forms into a broad, rectangular muzzle. Their two eyes are small in size, almond in shape and generally a light amber to light hazel in color. Their general body build is long and lean. Their tail is thin, long, and tapers to a point at the end. Their single layer, short hair coat is held tight to their skin, and is available in a base coat of white with either liver, lemon, black or orange markings in ticked or patched or speckled patterns. Also can be solid colors or tri.

Temperament

Best suited for active, outdoor families, the Pointer is extremely energetic, happy and active breed who enjoys hunting, retrieving and spending time playing games with their family. This breed needs sufficient mental and physical activity in order to remain calm and happy when indoors at night. This breed can do well with children of all ages he or she is exposed to while growing up, as well as other dogs. Requiring a firm and confident owner who only uses positive reinforcement training lessons. Early socialization and obedience classes are recommended. This breed is generally the closest and happiest when surrounded by immediate family members that they live with daily inside the home and can be reserved and shy around strangers. This breed can do well with other types of pets as well.

Grooming

This breed does shed daily. Daily brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

This breed requires a properly fenced in yard or proper fitting harness and leash while outdoors at all times. Please fully educate yourself about the Pointer prior to adding one to your household to ensure you are able to make a life time commitment both physically and financially. This breed is prone to hip and joint issues, skin issues and allergies and thyroid problems. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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