To determine if the English Pointer is for you, you will have to talk to the breeder. This is because you have to determine if you will be able to take care of the Pointer that has a specific diet to follow, and a hectic activity program. The English Pointer is a hound that cannot stay indoors the whole day as it gets edgy. It is important that you follow a strict exercise regime with the dog to overcome its excitement.
So basically, it boils down to the fact that it is only if you can exercise the Pointer, should you consider getting it. You need not go hunting with the Pointer, though it is specifically trained for this purpose. Any form of exercise like running, walking and jumping around is sufficient for the Pointer's daily exercise routine.
The English Pointer is basically a breed great for sport and to help as a wide-range hunter. They have the impression of providing compact power and agile grace where they have the stamina, desire, and courage to go on a long hunting trip. It is this energy and devotion in hunting that makes the Pointer superior as a gundog.
It is easy to train the Pointer as it is a responsive, lively, and independently natured dog. And if you have children, you need not worry about the children's safety with the Pointer around. This is because the Pointer is not only tolerant to children's antics, but it is very playful and loving too. Of course, there is a limit to the Pointer's tolerance of foolish antics, so make sure you teach your children to know their limits when playing with your Pointer.
You will have no problem in rearing a Pointer with other house pets like cats and other dogs as it generally accepts other animals. However, it is better to handle and train them to live with other animals and children when it is still a small Pointer puppy. Though the Pointer is a tolerant hound, obedience training is greatly recommended from a young age itself.
As the Pointer is a very active dog, it is basically not ideal for apartment life or as a first dog for a new dog owner. It is better to get a Pointer if you live in a rural area or have a yard large enough for it to play around. Fence the yard for the Pointer's protection. It is only if you can tolerate the Pointer's high-strung, task oriented temperament should you consider getting yourself a Pointer.
So if you intend to buy a Pointer, remember never breed it for commercial purposes as there is no good return in the business of breeding Pointers. They do, however, make great watch dogs or gundogs, are safe with kids, but require lots of space and exercise. So keep these points in mind when considering getting a Pointer.