Pointer

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 24, 2009)

It is often believed that the Pointer originated in Spain, yet dogs with similar characteristics can be found during the same period in France, Belgium and other countries. Paintings by French artists during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries show the Pointer. The Pointer may have been brought into England from both France and Spain, where it has developed in to the breed that is known today. Early breeders kept meticulous records that allow a long history to be documented.

Pointers have been a popular breed at many dog shows. This popularity probably has to do with the fact that the Pointer develops faster then the Setter and is brought to his peak ability at an earlier age. A person can use more force when training a Pointer than can be used with an average Setter. However, if too much force is used the dog can be ruined or will turn into a mechanical performer unsuitable for field trials and undesirable in the hunter's field.

The Pointer is a dog of rugged constitution, where the desire to hunt along with a well-defined pointing instinct is deeply ingrained. The shortness of the coat allows the dog to more easily tolerate hotter weather and arid terrain than will a Setter. The Pointer was developed for a hunting dog and as a gun dog.

The Pointer does not have the affectionate disposition of a Setter and is much less likely to be a one-person dog. Still, there are some Pointers who are loyal to the extreme. While the Pointer is not unresponsive to kind treatment, it is still not as affectionate as the Setter.

Additional information on the Pointer can be found at the website for the American Kennel Club.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

MORE FROM DORIS

Organize Your Books and Bookshelf

A library in a home is the goal of many people today. One of the problems that many people face when building a library ...

Discover More

Three Household Items to Remove Stains

Sometimes you just need something quick and easy to remove those stains that come at the most inconvenient times. Here ...

Discover More

Baked Apple Donuts

In the morning, nothing is quite so good as muffins for breakfast. Here is a great muffin recipe that will make your ...

Discover More
More Pet Tips

English Cocker Spaniel

Bred for hunting, the English Cocker Spaniel is strong and fast with great stamina. He is loving and faithful, making him ...

Discover More

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever's loyal and trustworthy nature has made him a favorite in the West. He is an intelligent dog with ...

Discover More

Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel's strong swimming skills and rugged endurance make him the perfect dog for duck hunting. He ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 1 + 3?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)