English pointer

English pointer Breed description: Character & Co

English pointer Breed description: Character & Co

Ancestry and origin of the English Pointer

The English Pointer (short Pointer) is a British hunting dog. Its ancestors come from Spain and France. British soldiers brought it to Great Britain. From the crossing with Foxhounds, Greyhounds and French running dogs the today's race developed. The Pointer is among the classic pointing dogs, e.g. German Wirehaired, Weimaraner, French Pointing Dog, Small Munsterlander, Irish Red Setter and others, the hunting dog with the most pronounced pointing characteristic. It points with his whole body, front paw, neck and nose to the exact spot where the game is hiding. From this behavior also comes his English name "Pointer".

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English Pointer puppies brown white with spots English Pointer dog in snow, big dog breed with brown spots and floppy ears
Alternate Name Pointer
Origin UK
Life expectancy 10 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level high
FCI group British and Irish Pointers and Setters
AKC group Sporting Group
KC group Gundog Group

Breed characteristics of the English Pointer and temperament

The distinctive hunting passion of the Pointer is in the first place. It is the thoroughbred among the hunting dogs. The character traits of the gentle dogs can be described as follows:

  • clever
  • friendly
  • sensitive
  • obedient
  • willing to learn

English Pointers have an overall amiable, even temperament and are extremely loyal and devoted to their owners. They are obedient but not submissive.

Attitude and upbringing

The English Pointer is first and foremost a hunting dog. In order for it to live out this innate passion, it belongs best in the hands of a hunter. The hunting instinct of the dogs can, although not be weaned off, but brought under control to a certain extent. Therefore also non-hunters can hold it well. Then, however, the movement-joyful dogs must be sufficiently occupied. Daily exercise, preferably jogging, cycling or horseback riding or alternatively long walks through nature are a must, otherwise there is a risk of behavioral disorders. If kept appropriately, however, it is a good companion and family dog. Friendly to family members but wary of strangers. Dog training should be gentle and sensitive but consistent. A dog school can help with this.


  • active
  • affectionate
  • balanced
  • kind
  • loyal
  • nice
  • athletic
  • attentive
  • intelligent
  • sensitive
  • determined


  • Hunting Dog
  • Working Dog
  • Sled dog
brown white English Pointer English Pointer in the forest

Care and nutrition

It is sufficient to brush the short coat of the English Pointer twice a week. That is already half the care. In addition, the floppy ears should be checked regularly and cleaned if necessary to prevent inflammation. That's it. For a healthy diet, a protein-rich animal food is suitable, in which meat is the main ingredient. Food that contains grain is to be avoided. The feeding of the dogs should be divided into two rations per day. After each feeding, it is essential to ensure sufficient rest to avoid life-threatening gastritis, which these very active dogs are prone to. Dry chews for in between and sufficient drinking water complete the diet.

Health and life expectancy

Breed-typical diseases are the acral mutilation syndrome and the hip dysplasia. Both diseases can be avoided by appropriate breeding selection. The robust dogs can then easily reach an age of 14 years.

Worth knowing

If you are interested in the breed and are looking for a serious English Pointer breeder, it is best to visit the homepage of the German Pointer Club or the homepage of the Association for Pointers and Setters. Here you will find a lot of useful information about the popular hunting dog breed and you are guaranteed to find your English Pointer puppy.

English Pointer breed description and temperament

The English Pointer is a British dog breed recognized by the FCI and is listed in the FCI systematics in the FCI group 7 (Pointing Dogs), section 2.1 (Pointer), standard no. 1, with working test. The males have a withers height of 63-69 cm, the bitches are somewhat smaller with 61-66 cm. The average body weight of the dogs is between 25-30 kg. The dense coat is short-haired, decidedly smooth and glossy. Numerous colors are permitted in breeding, including solid and tricolored specimens. Whereby the English Pointer colors lemon with white, orange with white, liver brown and white or black and white occur most frequently.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy slim, sporty
Size ♀ 53 - 66 cm
Weight ♀ 16 - 30 kg
Size ♂ 56 - 70 cm
Weight ♂ 18 - 34 kg
Suitable For


white black red-white brown-white Spotted yellow
English Pointer in the forest
Black and white pointer with dots
brown white pointer
  • Eye diseases

    Often occur with allergies and intolerances.

  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    The hip dysplasia or hip joint dysplasia of the dog (HD) is a maldevelopment of the hip joint.

  • Nervous disorders

    Nervous disorders are manifested, for example, by disturbances in perception, neurological abnormalities such as tremors, apathy, convulsions, paralysis, tilting of the head, uncontrolled urination and defecation, and behavioural abnormalities.

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