My Smart Puppy

with Dog Expert, Sarah Wilson

Understanding Your Pointing Breed


Created to run, often covering more than ten miles over rugged terrain in a few hours. Pointers worked independently and at a distance from the hunter. To do their job well, they had to be single minded, and remain undistracted by other sights and smells. Several of the pointing breeds were also expected to protect the hunter’s possessions and family. This being the case, what can we expect from a Pointer as a pet?

Great Endurance
First, because they were bred to run long distances, they have wonderful endurance. If you jog a few miles a day, or think that throwing a ball for 45 minutes twice a day is fun, consider these breeds. Otherwise, look elsewhere.

Physically Tough
Because they had to run through brush and briar, they are physically tough. They think nothing of pinning you against a wall when saying hello or shoving you out of the way as they leap out the door. This translates into training time for you.

Remember that single-mindedness? When training a pointer, you have to be more determined than they. You also have to be a step ahead of them mentally, and that’s not always as easy as it sounds.

Common Problems: hyperactivity, jumping, pulling on lead, overprotectiveness, chasing other animals, running off, destructive chewing, and aggression.

Good Home: Experienced dog owner with the time, interest and energy for all the exercise and training these breeds require. Generally good for children, though may, in exuberance, knock over smaller kids. Too much for people who don’t like a strong, active, physical, directed dog. Patience, firmness and absolute consistency are mandatory. Early training is a must!

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