Dog Breeds: Pointer temperament and personality

pointer dog

The Loyal Pointer Dog

The Pointer Dog, a multifaceted dog was originally breed to point at birds and other game. This exceptional dog is loving, energetic, agile, and obedient.  He makes a great companion to active families.


The Pointer belongs to a group of hunting dogs that would point to small game like rabbits. There are several theories about where it was developed.   Records of pointer dogs in England go back to 1650.  But then, they are believed to have actually originated in Spain.

The Pointer dog probably came to America during colonial times but there is no actual registry.  The AKC recognized it in 1884.

Physical characteristics

The Pointer dog is actually easy to identify.  He is agile and graceful. Their coat is smooth, short, and dense. They can be white with lemon, liver, orange, or black markings.  Males are 25 to 28 inches tall while females stand from 23 to 26 inches.  The weight for males is 55 to 75 pounds and females weigh 45 to 65 pounds.

Temperament and Personality

These dogs were developed for hunting so they have an energetic spirit.  He is fun and mischievous which is expected given his competitive spirit.  When taken outside for the hunting, he is courageous and perseverant.  They usually do well with people.

Their hunting ancestry makes them have a mind of their own.  They are considered great companions and congenial dogs.  These dogs are loyal and intelligent.  They are not violent but will be protective of their family.

Caring for a Pekingese dog

If you enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting, hiking, camping, etc., then this is the breed for you.  A Pointer dog requires daily exercise.   They enjoy the outdoors but they also enjoy their families.  This dog should not be kept outside.

Remember he is a hunting dog, so he enjoys the outdoors. One hour of walking is not necessary.  Keep not only his body active but his mind too. This is an intelligent dog who requires mental stimulation.  You must keep him in a fenced yard.  If they find an interesting scent, they will go for it and not care about cars or anything else.  They are not that good at finding their house after they have walked for miles.


This dog is fairly easy to train. However, use a firm hand and be consistent.  Crate training is important since it helps to avoid dangers in the house.  If you stimulate enough every day, he will usually be a quiet dog inside the house.

Fun facts

  • We can´t stress enough that this is a very energetic dog. If you do not have the time to take him out for at least a 1-hour walk, consider adopting other dog breeds.
  • Not suitable to stay outdoors but it is best for it to be indoors enjoying his family.
  • If you are a first-time dog owner, pass this one.
  • They do not shed that much and do not require much grooming.

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