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Breeding the Pointer

Breeding the Pointer is something that has to be done only after lots of thought and consideration for the reasons you intend to breed the dog. If you intend to breed a litter of Pointer puppies to make money, you may as well abandon the idea. This is because the English Pointer is basically not a dog that promises a lucrative, commercial proposition. In fact, very few people have actually made any form of profit by raising Pointer puppies. Even the supply of Pointer puppies has by far exceeded its demand. And so considering this surplus of English Pointers, veteran English Pointer breeders now breed Pointers only with the aim of improving the quality of the breed. [...]

German Long Haired Pointer

The German Longhaired Pointer is a dog that was developed in Germany, obviously, for use as a pointer or gundog. The original dog had slow speed, and to enhance its speed, it was crossed with English Pointers and setters in the 19th century. The first breed of the German Longhaired Pointer was introduced when it was first shown in Frankfurt, in 1878. Since then breeders have worked at producing dogs that were competent enough to work in the field and show ring. Once it was decided that the German Longhaired Pointer would be only brown and white in color, the black and white Large Munsterlander developed from the German Longhaired Pointer was declared ancestors of the Large Munsterlander. [...]

German Short Haired Pointer

The German Short Haired Pointer is a gundog that was developed in Germany in the 1800s by crossing the Spanish pointer with other breeds and breed types. These breed types included tracking hounds, scent hounds, French Braques and the English Pointer so that a lean, responsive and athletic hunting dog, the German Short Haired Pointer was evolved. There was however no Bloodhound used as the foundation material for the development of the German Short Haired Pointer. The German Short Haired Pointer has a streamlined build with strong and powerful hindquarters that help it move rapidly and turn quickly. Its long flop ears are set high on the head while it has a long, broad and strong muzzle that helps it retrieve any heavy furred game. [...]

German Wirehaired Pointer

The German Wirehaired Pointer is a dog that was developed in Germany in the 1800s for the main purpose of hunting. Being a griffon type breed of dog, the German Wirehaired Pointer developed into a leading gun dog for Germany in the late 20th century. This is a dog that was developed through careful crosses between the German pointer and other breeds. The exact lineage of the German Wirehaired Pointer is not known. However, its possible contributors are the Wirehaired Griffon, Poodle-Pointer mixes, Bloodhound and Foxhound. And with a lineage of so many dogs, the resulting German Wirehaired Pointer proves to conform to the characteristics of a hunter dog. [...]

Health Issues and Behavior with Children

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 is sufficient to intimidate people that come in its way. [...]

Is the Pointer for You?

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. [...]

Old Danish Pointer

The Old Danish Pointer was first used as a pointing dog in Denmark. However its origin goes all the way back to the year 1710 when Morten Bak of Glenstrup had crossed gypsy dogs through eight generations with local farm dogs. This led to the establishment of a pure breed of Bakhounds or Old Danish Pointers that were piebald white and brown in color. Though the locals then called these farm dogs "Bloodhounds", these hounds were basically offsprings of Squire's scent hounds with ancestry from the St. Hubert Hounds. And since gypsy dogs had descended from Spanish Pointing dogs and other scent hounds, St. Hubert hounds have a part in the contribution of the Old Danish Pointer. Though Old Danish Pointers were first used as retrievers, they have grown into good working gun dogs over the years. [...]

Pointer: Weird Facts/Did You Know?

Pointers are an interesting breed of dogs that has been around for some time now. Here are some interesting facts worth reading about Pointers. It is interesting to learn that Pointers are considered to be the oldest breeds of sporting dogs. Proof of this can be seen in the paintings of Poitners that have been seen since 1500. It is said that the first likeness of a Pointer is a pencil sketch of its head. It was done by an Italian, Pisanello. There are other renditions of a Pointer in a painting by Titian and a picture by Bassano in Madrid. If you own a Pointer, and you take it hunting with you, remember that when it points, it should never be called to. Instead, it should be encouraged with the word 'gently' with which the pointer stands still till you get your fowling-net ready. [...]

Portuguese Pointer

The Portuguese Pointer was basically developed to be a gun dog, and is one of the many Pointer breeds that are mainly used in hunting of grey partridges. Though having arisen from ancient Iberian hunting dogs, the Portuguese Pointer has its Portugal presence traceable all the way to the early part of the 12th century. The Portuguese Pointer was first bred in royal kennels only to become popular as a hunting dog for those belonging to the lower classes of society. However in the 19th century, the social hardships of Portugal had led to a progressive decline in the Portuguese Pointer breed. And it was the efforts of some breeders that salvaged these Portuguese Pointers in the 1920's, by locating some ancient Portuguese dogs in inaccessible parts of northern Portugal, that led to the establishment of the Portuguese breed standard in 1938. [...]

What to Feed A Pointer

The Pointer is a dog that has special nutritional requirements that have to be met to provide for the needs of its unique coat, body size and temperament. These requirements have been passed from generation to generation. As it is not possible to change the genetic makeup of the Pointer by changing the diet for a small amount of time, it is important that you feed your Pointer with food that the breed requires. The food that you feed the Pointer should have nutrient sources which are similar to those found in the native environment of its ancestor. In other words, the food should not be foreign to the digestive and glandular system of the Pointer, and should be easy for them to assimilate. Its food should have a right balance of fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins and minerals that have been passed on by ancestors, and meet the requirements of the Pointer. [...]

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