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Pointer (Side View, Head)
Side View, Head

Breed Information


2022: #107

2021: #120

2020: #116

2019: #115

2018: #114

2017: #113

2016: #117

2015: #114

Name Pointer
Other names English Pointer
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group

Sporting (AKC:1884)

Gun Dogs (UKC)

Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years




Even Tempered





Male: 22-24 inches (55-62 cm)

Female: 21-24 inches (54-60 cm)

Weight 44-66 pounds (20-30 kg)





Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1000 - $1500 USD

The average price of a Pointer puppy is between $1,000 - $1,500. Prices all depend on the pedigree of the puppies, the amount of work the breeder has put into producing the litter and where the breeder is located.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

1 stars

These dogs are not recommended for apartment life. They are moderately active indoors and do best with acreage.

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

1 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

5 stars

Exercise Needs

5 stars

This dog is extremely energetic and tireless. It is very important that it gets daily vigorous exercise to prevent extreme indoor restlessness. This breed is more than a match for even the most active family and should not be taken on as a family pet unless they can guarantee plenty of vigorous exercise. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle. They are excellent jogging companions. Some love to swim and retrieve although they were not bred for that task.


1 stars

Low Maintenance: Grooming is only necessary once in a while to maintain upkeep. No trimming or stripping needed.

Health Issues

1 stars

Hypoallergenic: NoProne to hip dysplasia, thyroid problems and dwarfism. Also skin conditions.


2 stars

Ranking: #43 Full Ranking List


5 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

2 stars


4 stars

Easy Training: The Pointer is very intelligent, but is always on the lookout for birds. It has a short attention span and is easily distracted. Training should be varied to keep the Pointer’s interest. Obedience training is recommended.

Watchdog Ability

4 stars

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Pointer Puppy (White & Black, Face)
White & Black, Face

Pointer Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Charlie Bella
02 Buddy Molly
03 Jack Daisy
04 Rocky Chloe
05 Duke Maya
06 Zeus Lulu
07 Beau Dixie
08 Oliver Chloe
09 Lucky Emma
10 Teddy Sasha
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Pointer combines athletic grace and power with a lean, muscular body, noble head, alert expression and noble carriage. The gait is smooth and powerful, with head held high and nostrils wide, enabling it to cover a lot of ground while searching for airborne scent. The tail lashes from side to side when the dog gaits. The pointer's close coat is short and dense, giving a clean streamlined appearance. field type pointers tend to hold their tails upright when on point.

The Pointer is a true wide-ranging hunter, which means that it not only is an excellent bird dog but also has the stamina to run for hours. Consequently, it needs lots of exercise or it can become frustrated and destructive. Because it is ever on the lookout for birds, it is easily distracted from everyday matters — but it is nearly impossible to distract once on point. It is gentle and sweet but may be too energetic and boisterous at times for very small children. Like many sporting breeds, it can be found in field or show types; the field type is generally smaller and perhaps more active.


The first recorded mentions of the Pointer were in England around 1650. The Pointer was developed by crossing the Italian Pointer, Foxhound, Bloodhound, Greyhound, Newfoundland, Setter, and the Bulldog. The name derived from the way the dog stands motionless when he spots his game as if he is pointing right at it. Before hunting with guns was popular, Pointers were used to find hare for the Greyhound to hunt. By the early 1700s the Pointer became very popular among hunters. Excellent at catching a scent and pointing the hunter in the right direction, the dogs are very quick and can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time and are often used to flush out birds. They are not water dogs nor are they expected to retrieve the kill. The dogs work great in warm weather but do not do well when it is very cold. The English Pointer often wins Pointing Field Trials over all other pointing breeds. The Pointer was first recognized by the AKC in 1884.


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