English Pointer FCI Standard
Originally the English Pointer was used in pair with Greyhounds and Lurchers. This dog with sharp nose was supposed to detect a small animal and to either point to its seat or flush it out from its hide. Then other types of dogs were unleashed to pursuit and kill the game. The usual quarry of this kind of hunting was rabbits or hares and occasionally foxes. Gradually the English Pointer proved its effectiveness in hunting on birds. Despite its excellent skills as the pointer the breed was considerably less popular in this role than different Spaniel and Setters breeds. This fact can be attributed to its cold intolerance so it was quite rare in the Northern England and Scotland. The English Pointer was designed to perform one particular task that was to quickly and accurately point the location of small animals especially birds. Actually it’s reckoned by many hunters as the most capable upland bird dog in the world.
The English Pointer was imported to America by British immigrants or American sportsmen in the XVII century. The peculiar popularity of the dog in this country can be explained by increased popularity of the field trials in this period. The breed showed exceptional results in this type of competition and it was quickly appreciated by American sportsmen. Nowadays the English Pointer is still widely used in trial contests as well as a working gundog in the United States, in particular in the American South. The American Kennel Club (AKC) fully approved the breed in 1884.
On the whole the breed demonstrates aloofness in the presence of unfamiliar people. However a well-trained English Pointer will always be respectful and polite with strangers. It will always signal to its master about the approach of a strange person with its sharp bark so it will make an outstanding watchdog. But this breed is too friendly to become a reasonable guard dog. It’s worth to remember that this dog is foremost a hunting dog, which turns out to be an excellent investment for any passionate hunter.
The English Pointer is peace-loving dog and it gets along both with other canines and other types of family pets. The breed will be rather happy to co-habituate with another dog but it will also do fine as the only dog. Being a hunting breed the English Pointer has surprisingly low hunting drive. This can be explained by the fact that its job is to point the location of the game and occasionally retrieve it and it isn’t supposed to kill it. That’s why this dog will get along with a home cat but it should be timely socialised with it.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• ear infections;
• hunting injuries;
• thyroid problems;
• eyes problems;
• skin allergies.
It’s not necessary to bathe this dog too often so it’s better to wipe it with a wet cloth to get rid of superficial dirt. Long hanging ears of the English Pointer are big enough to attract dirt and debris so its owner should take extra time to clean it regularly and properly.
In order to achieve optimal results with the English Pointer the handler should apply consistent and repetitive approach to the lessons with the dog. The breed is somewhat sensitive to forceful methods of training and will react to it with outright defiance and disobedience.
It would be wise to remember that this breed will turn into an evil and extremely destructive creature if it doesn’t receive enough physical outlets on a regular basis. In consideration of the high exercise requirements of the English Pointer it’s recommended only for families that prefer active lifestyle and like to include their dog in their sporting hobbies.