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English Pointer - Appearance & Grooming

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
English Pointer


The AKC standard for Pointers states that this breed, “gives the immediate impression of compact power and agile grace; the head noble, proudly carried; the expression intelligent and alert; the muscular body bespeaking both staying power and dash.” Known for their skilled work alongside hunters, the Pointer is a graceful dog with an elegant carriage. Their expression always shows their alertness and their bodies are muscular and athletic. The nose of the Pointer sits high atop the dog's muzzle and they have a defined stop. The Pointer's ears are pendant in shape and have are slightly pointed. They have long, elegant necks and straight, tapering tails. Their short and sleek coat is either white or white with liver, lemon, black or orange.

Size and Weight

Male Pointers should stand from 25 to 28 inches at the shoulder and females stand between 23 and 26. The male weight ranges from 55 to 75 pounds and the female range is 44-65. When showing a Pointer, proportion and balance are of more importance than the size of the dog.

Coat and Color

The Pointer sports a short, smooth, easy to maintain coat that comes in liver, black, orange or lemon and some have a white background. Many have speckles called ticking on the white portion of the coat. Tricolor Pointers are uncommon but do exist and they have a white base with two other colors for markings. The nose color will be different according to the shading of the dog. Light Pointers have a flesh colored nose, medium colored dogs will have a brown nose, and darker colored Pointers will have black noses.

Grooming Needs

Grooming a Pointer is a breeze. Their short, smooth coat is shiny and sheds lightly throughout the year. Once per week should be enough brushing to keep loose hair under control. Rubbing a Pointer with a chamois will cause his coat to almost sparkle. Pointers only need bathed three or four times per year, unless the dog has a knack for rolling in the muck.

Check the dog's ears weekly for signs of wax buildup, irritation or infection. Clean them out with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved cleanser. Brushing the Pointer's teeth on a weekly basis will keep tartar from building up and promote gum health.

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