The Pointer is a dog that is basically genetically sound, and with not many health problems. The average life span of a pointer is about 12 to 17 years. The Pointer enjoys living indoors, as a part of the family. Some health problems which may hinder a Pointer include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, cherry eye, and some allergies.
As the Pointer is an even-tempered and congenial dog that is happiest living indoors, they are more affectionate and loyal than most dogs. With a low level of aggression, which may at times even be non-existent, the Pointer easily adjusts with other dogs, and even cats. Basically, the Pointer is not a territorial dog. However, its bark and size are sufficient to intimidate people that come in its way.
As Pointers are basically bred to be a hunting dog, they are happy with sufficient exercise that is provided in a non-hunting home. Being a galloping breed, you find that you have to maintain a regular exercise schedule to keep your Pointer happy. Make sure you have a securely fenced yard for the Pointer as they are bred to hunt at a distance. You don't want it running chasing a "prey" around the neighborhood.
If the Pointer is left outdoors during the day, you can be sure that it will be at its best indoors as a well exercised Pointer is a great family member. With its natural desire to be an important part of the pack, you will find the Pointer to be a habitual "couch potato" that loves lounging on the family's chairs and sofas. Thus, Pointers are great with children. However, it is not suggested to have young children and clumsy Pointers left together. This may only lead to problems. Otherwise, they make great family pets. Still, it's best that you watch what's happening. Due to its high energy levels, the Pointer may get too exuberant when in the company of young children.
With the active, responsive, affectionate, gentle, and well balanced temperament of the Pointer, you don't have to worry too much about leaving it with a child. And if you do find a need of kenneling the Pointer, it is essential you do it while providing it with a playmate. Remember that this is a dog that requires companionship and by isolating it in a kennel on its own, you end up doing more harm than good to your Pointer. With a short coat, you need not spend much time grooming your Pointer. All you need to do is to give it a quick rub with a short brush to minimize the shedding of its coat. Follow a diet that meets the nutritional requirements of the Pointer, provide it with sufficient exercise and training and groom it well to get yourself a great watchdog and friend for you and your family.