The Pointer is a hard-working bird dog that is happiest when on the hunt. This is a high-energy breed that will be more than a handful for first-time owners. When given a job and plenty of room to run around, the Pointer can make for a wonderful companion.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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There are many different “pointer breeds” that were created by crossing the Pointer with different kinds of setters in order to reach a desired temperament.
Pointers are energetic , hard-working hunting dogs. The origins of this breed is clouded in mystery, but they likely came from either Spain or England. Hunters wanted a breed with the scenting ability of the Bloodhound, the speed and endurance of the Greyhound, and the easy-going hunting temperament of the Foxhound. From this mixture, the Pointer was likely born. This is a working breed first. Pointers have an endless amount of energy and require a job and tons of daily exercise. They will become destructive if they ever get too bored. Training a Pointer requires patience and persistence. This is not a breed for first-time dog owners. Pointers luckily do not shed very much and they require little grooming. If given the ideal environment, these dogs can make wonderful family pets.
Pointers on Embark
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