“ Animal Species: Dogs „
My dog isnt exactly a english pointer, he's german short haired pointer, but being as there not on here....
German short haired pointers were originally used to go hunting. There job was to sniff out the animal and then point in the direction the animal was staying still, with its tail up and his head up and straight out. im not sure about the english pointers but my breed have there tails cut when they are puppys to help them point. im not sure wether it still goes on, but my dog jack has his cut and we got him 7 years ago. They make very good hunting and family dogs, but like every animal, each has its own personality!
We have owned 2 german short haired pointers, one whos name was sam, he was the hunter, my dad use to take him hunting and he'd find it hard to point because he wanted to be in there. At home all he did was slobber when he saw food and cuddle up to who ever was on the sofa. the greatest hunter i know!
About two years later after sam died (due to heart disease!) we got jack. Jack is completely different, hes just family based, he can point, but at lights on the walls not animals. When jack sees an animal its like the fox and the hound all over again and im sure hes best friends with all the chickens in our back garden, he truely is a gay dog i guess, he wouldnt hurt a fly haha But i wouldnt change neither of them.
Of course they also had there likelyness, both knew how to sneak around us all, how to beg for food to the point at which we give them it (but then dont all dogs) funny, wild, playful and they are great with children! especially these guys! Its when you get dogs like these two that you realise that dogs are mans best friend
I have a Pointer and like any dog owner I am biased to the breed of dog I own. English Pointers come in four colours :- Liver & White, Lemon & White, Orange & White and Black & White. The Liver and the Black varieties are the most popular. I own a Black & White dog called "Rory" or his Kennel Club name "Joneva Eclipse". We don't show him, he was bought as a family pet. English Pointers are shorted haired. They have shiny managable coats but like all dogs, they do moult. They are medium sized, growing to about 30kg and a similar height to a labrador but less meaty. They are easy to train, very well disciplined and extremely loyal. The have an excellent temprement and love children, but cannot eat a whole one in one go. Joking aside, I would never trust any dog alone with young children. Only fools do. But Rory does get on fine with my children and we had him before them so he was forced down the pack rather quickly and accepted it. The Pointer we had before Rory loved kids too. They are breeded as hunting dogs and "point" at the prey with their right front leg bent at 90 degrees. Hence the name "Pointer". It looks fantastic. They are very bright and intelligent animals. English Pointers usually live anything up to 9-13 years depending on how fit/healthy they are. Rory is now 10 1/2 and has noticably slowed down in the last year. Gone are the long bike rides (me riding, him running) and walks. They need plenty of excercise. When he eventually goes, I WILL get another Pointer. They are the best.