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    Pointer |England|

    Pointer |England|

    Pointers are large, elite working dogs that, like most gun dog breeds, are hardwired to hunt. They were recorded in England in the 1650s, and were the first dogs known to be bred specifically to “stand” game: typically, they will locate game and then remain motionless to indicate its position to the hunter. Pointers have good, loyal, affectionate temperaments and can be suitable as companion dogs but only for extremely active homes.


    Originally, Pointers in England were used for hunting hare in conjunction with Greyhounds. They were also used by falconers. Their heritage is not clear, but they probably developed from a mix of Fox Hound, Greyhound, Bloodhound, setter-types, and the Spanish Pointer. They became popular in the nineteenth century as working dogs when they were often used in pairs, and have changed very little in appearance since then. The breed is thought to have arrived in the United States during the Civil War. Sensation, a lemon-and-white Pointer, was imported from England in 1876, and became the Westminster Kennel Club emblem. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1879.

    An early breeder of Pointers was Colonel Thornton (1757– 1823) whose two dogs, Pluto and Juno, were famed for their pointing skills and painted by artist William Gilpin. Another of Thornton’s Pointers was sold for £160 (about $30,000 today) of Burgundy, champagne, a hogshead of claret, and a fine gentlemen’s gun, which was an exorbitant price for the day.

    Pointer puppies are particularly mischievous and fun loving! Pointers need a lot of pysical and mental exercise and can be destructive if left alone for long periods.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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