The Pointer is a dog on the go. She has a lot of energy and needs plenty of exercise. She keeps herself clean and does not require much coat maintenance. She generally gets along well with other dogs and can be socialized early with other pets. She generally likes children, being a playful and happy dog. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.

*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Pointer is 24 to 27 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 44 to 66 pounds..

*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Pointer is no exception. Be on the look out for Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), epilepsy (common in dogs) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (inherited disease of the retina that can cause vision loss and blindness). This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

*Grooming. The Pointer has a short, smooth, dense coat. She should be brushed regularly and wiped down with a cloth to bring out her natural sheen. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet.

Her ears should be checked once a week and be kept clean. No water or excess fluid should get in the dogs ears, and do not try to irrigate the ears. Ear cleaning is too complicated and critical to instruct here. Look for hair growing in the ear canal, excess wax, or moisture. If her ears have a discharge, foul odor or she seems to be in distress and you suspect an infection, or tumor, consult your veterinarian.

*Life Span. The Pointer can live between 12 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

*History. The Pointer comes from Great Britain where they were developed to hunt game. They are not water dogs and they like warm weather better than cold. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1879.

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  • Loyal, Hardworking, Even-Tempered
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 114 of 191
  • Height: 25-28 inches (male), 23-26 inches (female)
  • Weight: 55-75 pounds (male), 45-65 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-17 years
  • Group: Sporting Group 

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