Hunters will appreciated my ability to zero in on a bird in the field, but a suburban family can also enjoy my pointing skills on a neighborhood walk. Known for speed and stamina, I love to have fun, especially with kids, and am friendly to everyone. Not built for lounging in a downtown loft, I need at least an hour a day of serious exercise—I make a great running or cycling partner! Without regular activity and social engagement, I’ll become bored and destructive.

Although generally even-tempered, I’m very independent-minded, so training requires patience and consistency. I’ll ignore you if I find something more interesting. My bright mind appreciates mental challenges such as obedience and agility courses, and competitions bring out the best in me; I’m a high performer. I can, however, be a lot to handle for new dog owners.

I have an athletic build down to my distinctive pointed tail; I stand 23 to 28 inches tall and weigh 45 to 75 pounds (females are smaller). My short coat requires little attention other than weekly brushing with a hound mitt. A chamois rub will keep my coat sleek and shiny. The most common coat colors are liver, black, orange, or lemon, possibly on a white ground that may or may not have ticking (speckles).

Pointers are a robust breed, with the main health concerns being hip dysplasia, eye problems, and deafness. With plenty of activity and affection, I’ll be at your side on the hunt or the patio for 12 to 15 years.