The English Pointer is one of the most popular breed of Hunting Dogs, and with it brings almost 300 years of history in the bird dog world. They were used to catch rabbits and birds in the past, and prove excellent companions for a hunter. Other animals can find it hard to discern whether or not an English Pointer is actually ready to pounce or whether it wants to play, due to its very docile and friendly appearance. The English Pointers are friendly enough and nice enough on the eyes, that they make great pets, but scary enough to make ideal hunting partners. So, if you have been looking for a bird dog, this is one of the best breed hunting dogs to turn to.
The English Pointer looks like an absolute power house, it’s actually very agile and graceful.The perception of the English Pointer as a slower bird dog leaves a lot of its enemies in big trouble, as it can hunt and move with the best of them. They are extremely alert animals, making them brilliant hunting dogs. The English Pointer is a very hard hunter and known to be tireless. They are independent and enthusiastic hunting dogs with great range in the field. They exhibit natural hunting instincts at a very young age and have the abilities to cover larger areas of ground when looking for birds. When hunting in the field, the English Pointer will stand motionless when he senses game, with his 12 o’clock tail high.
The English Pointer is an incredibly easy bird dog to train – due to their friendly natures and high energy levels. They happily co-exist with other hunting dogs and only show any forms of aggression when their owners or masters are put in danger. This makes them an absolute joy to train as they will take in your needs and instructions very quickly. An English Pointer understands when it is being asked what to do and when it is being told what to do with enough training. They are very intelligent hunting dogs, perfect for hunting once put in the right environment.
The English Pointer comes in a variety of colors, white with liver, black, orange, or lemon. Tricolor Pointers (white, plus two other colors) exist but aren’t very common. Some Pointers will have light or heavy ticking and or patching on there body. Males can stand 23 to 28 inches at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 75 pounds. Females can stand 21 to 26 inches at the shoulder and weigh 44 to 65 pounds.
English Pointers won’t make trouble with other pets in your home and are incredibly obedient individuals – don’t expect to have to discipline an English Pointer too much. However, they are fearsome and hard to stop once angered so having reign and control over your bird dog should be one of your main priorities. As far as hunting dogs go, they are up there with the best. Powerful, yet fast.
English Pointers are generally healthy, but like all bird dog breeds, they are prone to health conditions. Not all Pointers will get any or all of these diseases, Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Allergies, Neurotropic Osteopathy, Cherry Eye, Cataracts, Entropion, Addison’s Disease, Chondrodysplasis, Demodectic Mange and Skin Cysts. A English Pointers average life span is between 12 and 15 years.
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