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English Pointer

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English Pointer
A pointer looks inquisitively across the yard.
A pointer looks inquisitively across the yard.
Alternative names
Country of origin
Common nicknames
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 7 Section 2 #1  
AKC: Sporting  
ANKC: Group 3 (Gundogs)  
CKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs  
KC (UK): Gundog  
NZKC: Gundog  
UKC: Group  
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

An English Pointer, often called simply a Pointer, is a breed of dog developed as a gun dog. It is one of several pointer breeds.


The standard colourings of an English Pointer are liver, lemon, orange or black. These can be solid colours, or a combination white Speckles, and patches are also acceptable. Black and white pointers are sometimes confused with Dalmatians. Dalmatians have a great number of small spots, whereas Pointers have a few large spots.

A pointer rests on the grass

A domestic pointer rests in her home


The average life span of a Pointer is 12 to 17 years.


Four breeds went into the development of the Pointer: the Foxhound, Bloodhound, Greyhound, and English Bull Terrier.


When Pointers work with hunters, they are often used in combination with a retriever, to point out the prey to the retriever, using the pointer stance.

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