Pointers are great upland bird dogs; with proper training they will seek out game birds with little help for the owner and hold the bird on point until the command to flush is given. A relatively large and active dog, they are best kept by people who have enough room to let them roam.
Because of the pointers even temperament and short hair, they make exceptional pets for the hunter who is looking to get a good bird dog and family pet. They are even tempered and usually get along with other pets, but may bark at strangers and noises in the neighborhood.
Origin obscure; the earliest known in England were the Spanish pointing hounds from which the modern pointer is undoubtedly descended. A large, smooth-coated dog, with rat tail, deep square muzzle, drooping ears.
Weight: 50-70 pounds
Height: 24-26 inches
Color: liver and white, lemon and white, pied and ticked, black and white and tan and white ticked.
Has the keenest bird scent of all gun dogs and is noted for his devotion to the chase. Of late, in America this breed has been winning in field trials over his great rival, the setter.
The action of the tail is the surest sign of game in a pointer; when it is still and rigid he has found the birds, if it wags even a little he is still making game.
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