The English Pointer has been known in its homeland - England since the middle of the17th century with his abilities in hunting rabbits and birds. It is interesting that his birthplace is considered Spain, from where the breed has spread to Italy and France. In the early 18 century, it finally reaches England, where it yields popularity of exceptional hunter. In Russia the first representatives of the breed appeared in the 30s of the 19th century.
The representatives of the breed have elongated, athletic bodies, with well shaped muscles. The height varies from 58 to 73 cm and the weight - from 20 to 34 kg. The snout is long and the eyes are oval-shaped, colored in various shades of brown, depending on the color of the coat. The ears are large and hanging. The neck is long and the tail - thin. The coat is short, smooth and shiny. Coloration can be in black, yellow or orange, sometimes with white spots.
Character and behavior
The English Pointer is friendly and loyal dog, strongly attached to his owners. His character is very kind, but he is a very energetic dog, better suited for active families.
In addition, he is a great protector of the house and family members, although he is not the ideal guard dog. His characteristics are similar to those of the hounds.
Training and education
Although the English Pointer expresses his hunting instinct and agility from an early age, he shows his full potential after 3 years of age. It is very important to socialize the little puppy, to bring him in public places and to communicate with people and other pets. This will help to prevent shyness in later stages.
The English Pointer is an extremely intelligent creature, if you stare into his eyes you can see a human look. This breed is very attached to his owner. This dog is able to "read" human emotions and moods, so if he sees that you are not feeling well and do not want to communicate, he will not bother you. The English Pointer is very friendly to everyone, but in a dangerous situation when he feels that you are in danger, he will quickly forget good manners and will protect you with great courage.
The Life expectancy is on average about 14 years. These dogs are prone to hip dysplasia, skin allergies and epilepsy.
Grooming and care
It is sufficient to comb your dog's hair once or twice a week or wipe it with a coarse cloth. Rubber gloves will be useful to remove dead hair and massage the dog's body, something your puppy will appreciate. Take a closer look at the coat from time to time cause your pet is prone to skin diseases. Like all dogs it is good to use medications against fleas and ticks. Ask your veterinarian about the best pills against allergic reactions. It is advisable to use natural ingredients. It is preferable to grow your English Pointer in a house with a yard where he can spend his energy. If you live in an apartment, it is better to take the pointer out for long walks, games and exercises.
Children and other pets
The English Pointer gets along very well with children, he tolerates their harsh games and even their cries. This dog is nice with other pets in the house, if they are not birds, since they are considered a prey.
Pointers seem to be the oldest sporting breed. Proof of this are paintings of Pointers from 1500. The first likeness of a Pointer is from a pencil sketch by the Italian painter Pisanello. Titian and Bassoni also painted these dogs.