The Pointer is powerful, graceful, and aristocratic, with a proudly carried head. This breed has an alert expression and a well-muscled, athletic body. The nose is set higher than the rest of the muzzle. The stop is well-defined. The eyes are dark. The medium-sized ears are pendant and somewhat pointed. The teeth should form a level or scissors bite. The neck is long. The tail is straight and tapering; it is never docked. The feet are oval. Dewclaw removal on the front legs is optional. The short, sleek, shiny coat is primarily white, but may be liver, lemon, black, or orange, either solid, patched, or speckled. Tricolor is also permitted. History:
The Pointer is named for the motionless stance the dog assumes once he has found game. The direction of the point tells the hunter where the game is hiding. The first recorded mentions of the Pointer in England date from around 1650, when the Pointer was used to find hare for the Greyhounds to hunt. By the early 1700s, however, when shooting became fashionable, the Pointer became the dog of choice. The Pointer is renowned for his scenting prowess. He works very quickly, covering a lot of ground. The Pointer is particularly good on upland birds, but adapts well to other game. The breed has excellent endurance in warm weather, but is not suited to very cold conditions. He is also not comfortable in the water. A very competitive dog, the Pointer still dominates Pointing Field Trials over all other pointing breeds. Today, the Pointer is a family hunting dog and companion.