Not to be confused with the larger group of
pointing dogs, the Pointer (or English Pointer) is a specific breed.
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First appearing in England in the 1600's, the Pointer was developed to
stand game, and his skills can be found
as part of many other more recent breeds. These are energetic, athletic dogs that,
with lots of exercise, can still live in a typical suburban setting. They're gentle
with children, but live to hunt. For a more formal sense of the breed's particulars,
here's the AKC's version of the official
The Pointer is bred primarily for sport afield; he should unmistakably look
and act the part. The ideal specimen gives the immediate impression of compact power
and agile grace; the head noble, proudly carried; the expression intelligent and
alert; the muscular body bespeaking both staying power and dash. Here is an
animal whose every movement shows him to be a wide-awake, hard-driving hunting
dog possessing stamina, courage, and the desire to go. And in his expression are
the loyalty and devotion of a true friend of man.
The Pointer's even temperament and alert good sense make him a congenial
companion both in the field and in the home. He should be dignified and should
never show timidity toward man or dog.
The skull of medium width, approximately as wide as the length of the
muzzle, resulting in an impression of length rather than width. Slight furrow
between the eyes, cheeks cleanly chiseled. There should be a pronounced stop.
From this point forward the muzzle is of good length, with the nasal bone so
formed that the nose is slightly higher at the tip than the muzzle at the
stop. Parallel planes of the skull and muzzle are equally acceptable. The
muzzle should be deep without pendulous flews. Jaws ending square and level,
should bite evenly or as scissors. Nostrils well developed and wide open.
Ears--Set on at eye level. When hanging naturally, they should
reach just below the lower jaw, close to the head, with little or no folding.
They should be somewhat pointed at the tip--never round--and soft and thin
in leather. Eyes--Of ample size, rounded and intense. The eye color should
be dark in contrast with the color of the markings, the darker the better.
Long, dry, muscular, and slightly arched, springing cleanly from the
Long, thin, and sloping. The top of blades close together.
Elbows well let down, directly under the withers and truly parallel so
as to work just clear of the body. Forelegs straight and with oval bone.
Knee joint never to knuckle over. Pasterns of moderate length, perceptibly finer
in bone than the leg, and slightly slanting. Chest, deep rather than wide, must
not hinder free action of forelegs. The breastbone bold, without being
unduly prominent. The ribs well sprung, descending as low as the elbow-point.
Strong and solid with only a slight rise from croup to top of shoulders.
Loin of moderate length, powerful and slightly arched. Croup falling only
slightly to base of tail. Tuck-up should be apparent, but not exaggerated.
Heavier at the root, tapering to a fine point. Length no greater than to
hock. A tail longer than this or docked must be penalized. Carried without
curl, and not more than 20 degrees above the line of the back; never
carried between the legs.
Muscular and powerful with great propelling leverage. Thighs long and
well developed. Stifles well bent. The hocks clean; the legs straight as
viewed from behind. Decided angulation is the mark of power and endurance.
Oval, with long, closely-set, arched toes, well-padded, and deep. Catfoot
is a fault. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be removed.
Short, dense, smooth with a sheen.
Liver, lemon, black, orange; either in combination with white or solid-colored.
A good Pointer cannot be a bad color. In the darker colors, the nose should
be black or brown; in the lighter shades it may be lighter or flesh-colored.
Smooth, frictionless, with a powerful hindquarters' drive. The head
should be carried high, the nostrils wide, the tail moving from side to side
rhythmically with the pace, giving the impression of a well-balanced,
strongly-built hunting dog capable of top speed combined with great
stamina. Hackney gait must be faulted.
Balance and Size
Balance and over-all symmetry are more important in the Pointer than
size. A smooth, balanced dog is to be more desired than a dog with strongly
contrasting good points and faults. Hound or terrier characteristics are
most undesirable. Because a sporting dog must have both endurance and power,
great variations in size are undesirable, the desirable height and weight
being within the following limits:
Height -- 25-28 inches
Weight -- 55-75 pounds
Bitches: Height -- 23-26 inches
Weight -- 44-65 pounds
This standard was approved November 11, 1975
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