The pointer (also known as the English pointer) is a medium sized dog breed from the gundog grouping, and so has a long working history.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Pointer.
Pointers are thought to have originated from Spanish Pointers. At the end of the War of Spanish Succession in 1713, British army officers returned home from Spain with these Pointer predecessors. Later, Italian Pointers found their way to England and were crossed with the Spanish Pointers, leading to the Pointer of today. America most likely didn’t see the introduction of Pointers until the time of the Civil War.
2) Bird Hunting
Even before the invention of guns, Pointers were used for hunting birds. The dog would be sent out to locate prey, and then the hunter would throw a net over the dog and any birds it had found, as a way of catching them.
3) Gun Invention
With the advancement in the types of guns that were used in hunting, there was a need in producing dogs that ran faster and kept with the pace of the gun. This was so that the pace of hunting could remain consistent. It was while keeping this point in mind that the famous English breeder worked on several aspects to create the Pointer we know today. After a series of adaptations, blends, and improvements here and there that it was possible to create the Pointer we have today.
This breed has a willingness to learn and a natural athleticism, which can make it successful in the obedience ring. Even if you don’t intend to compete with your dog, proper obedience training is a must to keep your Pointer out of trouble. They are fun-loving dogs, even in adulthood, have a tendency toward mischief, and love being the center of attention, so teaching them the rules of your household will go a long way.
5) They Need Comfort
Pointers love creature comforts. They don’t think of themselves as dogs, but rather as fellow family members. Even the hunting companion will flourish when he’s part of the family and allowed to enjoy a few luxuries.
Like all dog breeds that have a working history, the pointer is a very energetic breed that needs lots of exercise and stimulation in order to be happy within a domestic home. This means long periods of exercise and play every day, as well as mental stimulation, such as playing interactive games or canine sports that allows for an outlet for the dog’s mental, as well as physical energy.
7) Great with Children
Children and Pointers are a great combination. These dogs will play all day with their young companions. But as they should be with any breed of dog, very young children need to be taught how to properly and respectfully interact with their Pointer. Supervision is also essential, as small kids can be accidentally knocked over or smacked by the swinging tail of an enthusiastic Pointer.
According to the breed standard, Pointers are dignified dogs that are never timid with strangers or other dogs. They are also protective of their territory and family. This makes them fabulous watchdogs that will alert you to anything amiss.
9) Pointing Trait
The pointer name of course comes from the dog’s most distinctive signature trait-pointing. When a pointer spots prey (or within a domestic setting, something else of interest-such as the approach of someone that they know)-they take on their signature pointing pose, in which their whole body becomes rigid with energy, and the shape and direction of their body literally “points” to the thing that they are looking at.
As gun sport and shooting parties then became more popular within the UK, the pointer’s role became refined to that of pointing and alerting handlers, rather than locating prey and following through with a catch and kill.