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Everything you need to know about Pointers.

Life Expectancy
typically 12+ years
Short length with moderate shedding

How to pronounce Pointer: poyn·tuh 

Pointers are large, typically active dogs originating from Europe and England where they were first bred to point hunters towards game. They’re also known as English Pointers.  

English Pointers have a short, smooth coat which is usually two colours; a combination of black, brown, liver or white. Some Pointers’ coats are spotted.

Many behaviours come naturally to all dogs. Whether that’s a desire to dig or a love of lazing, these can be influenced by different factors like genetics or personal experience.  

We’re bringing you the important facts and considerations about Pointers. Could you become a Pointer parent and give one a forever home? 

Caring for Pointers 

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Pointer. 

Health Issues

Before giving a Pointer a forever home, consider any possible health issues. Not every dog experiences them, but it’s important to be prepared.

For more advice on potential health issues for Pointers, speak to y...

How much food does a Pointer need?

There is no set amount for how much food your Pointer need. This depends on their: 

  • age 
  • size 
  • activity levels 
  • fitness 
  • weight. 


An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much exercise does a Pointer need?

Pointers are typically high-energy dogs who need lots of exercise to keep them physically and mentally healthy.

They need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explore, burn energy, and play. Like ...

How much grooming does a Pointer need?

Pointers shed moderately. Introduce handling and grooming slowly and in a positive way. This will help your pooch feel more comfortable with it. Grooming is more enjoyable for everyone if your dog feels relaxed and co...

What crate size do you need for a Pointer?

In their crate, your dog should be able to comfortably:

  • sit and stand at their full height
  • turn around without touching the edges
  • lie down at full stretch
  • comfortably wag their tail....

Pointer behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Pointers, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality. 

What's the temperament of a Pointer?

Like people, each dog is different with their own individual personality and experience. So, the temperaments of different Pointers vary.

Dogs learn all about the world as they grow from puppies to adult pooches...

Are Pointers easy to train?

Any dog can be taught new tricks, whatever their breed. It’s all about positive learning. Find out what motivates your dog, whether that’s treats, toys or praise. You can use this as a reward throughout training to ma...

Are Pointers good with children?

Each dog’s personality is shaped by their experiences of the world and they respond differently to certain situations.  

But there are some universal ways to treat any dog, including Pointers, respectfully ...

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