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The Pointer is a muscular and graceful dog. Their most distinguishing feature is the typical Pointer stance with tail and foreleg raised and head extended towards the quarry. They carry their heads proudly. Their coats are smooth, straight and short with a tremendous sheen and come in several colours.

12–17 years
Black, black and white, lemon, lemon and white, liver, liver and white, orange, orange and white. Pointer’s can also have black, liver and self-coloured points and ticked markings
Kennel Club Group
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Quiet dog
  • Welcomes everyone happily
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Pointer breed is a relatively hardy breed but can be prone to:
- Hip dysplasia 
- Gastric dilatation volvulus 
- Hypothyroidism¹ where the thyroid gland is underactive and does not product enough thyroid hormone. This can result in low energy levels, weight gain and skin problems.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

¹R. F. Nachreiner et al, 'Prevalence of serum thyroid hormone autoantibodies in dogs with clinical signs of hypothyroidism', 2002, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.


As companion dogs, Pointers are friendly and affectionate, and get on well with other dogs and even cats if introduced when young. They are closely bonded to their families and love to be included in everything that is going on. They are sensitive, intelligent and friendly and are welcoming of just about everybody. They are not ideal guard dogs but they will generally bark when someone comes to the door. As long as they are getting the exercise they need, they are quiet dogs in the house.

Did You Know?

  • You can trace the history of Pointers through art. Early pointers have been found depicted on the walls of 3,000-year-old Egyptian tombs, as well as French and English painting from the 17th to 19th centuries.
  • Despite still being used as a working breed today, they love their creature comforts and enjoy nothing more than cuddling up on the sofa.
  • Even before guns, Pointers were excellent bird catching dogs. They’d capture the bird and either break their neck or take it back to their handlers for them to finish the job.
  • The name ‘Pointer’ is because when they spot prey, they literally point their entire body to the thing in question.
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