English Pointer

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The English Pointer is both a pointing dog and a hunting dog. He excels in that of the hare. As a family, he wants to be gentle, delicate and attentive. He is also very loyal to a master whom he likes to follow everywhere, even if he is also independent. It should not be adopted to lie down all day. This canine needs regular and intense physical activity in order to be happy. Its education is easy and its maintenance without constraint.



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Hair type Short
Origin Britain
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 30 kg From 61 cm to 66 cm
Male From 25 kg to 34 kg From 63 cm to 69 cm
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History of the breed

The origin of the English Pointer is certain and it enjoys great popularity around the world. This dog therefore finds its past in Portugal, even if some claim that it would be the descendant of the Italian Shorthaired Pointer. In reality, therefore, it comes from the perdigueiro portugues (a Portuguese Pointer) which has many common characteristics. The latter was characterized by his speed, his endurance and his way of pointing the game while keeping the nose high.

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Physical features

His hair: short, hard, fine, smooth and shiny.
Its color: generally two-tone, white being associated with lemon, orange, brown or black. One-color and three-color dresses are allowed.
Its head: the skull is moderately large, the stop is well marked, the nose is dark in color (lighter in lemon and white dogs), the muzzle is concave and the lips well developed.
His ears: thin, moderately long, set high, ending in slight tips.
His eyes: hazel or brown in color, neither protruding nor haggard. The gaze is never shifty, displaying an expression of vivacity and kindness.
His body: of mediolinear structure. The kidney is strong, short and slightly harped, the chest well let down and the ribs well sprung.
Its tail: of medium length, strong at its attachment and thinning towards its end. Covered in tight hair, worn across the back without bending over. Stirring back and forth when the dog is active.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The qualities of the English Pointer are multiplied in several areas. An excellent pointing dog , he is also very comfortable in hunting parties . He is fast, agile, flexible and very lively . He also has a very good flair . In addition, it turns out to be an excellent life companion for families . He is gentle, considerate, calm, faithful and loyal . He devotes a real cult to his master. He can be alone for a few moments, but it shouldn’t last too long. He is shy with intruders. In any case, he never shows aggression . On the other hand, the English Pointer is not very good at guarding except as an alarm dog.

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The English Pointer may be a large dog, but his education is very easy. Indeed, he has a great intelligence and shows an extremely rare docility . He obeys his finger and his eye, without putting up the slightest resistance. Obviously, his education must be started as early as possible. Always cheerful, he will be happy to learn and assimilate orders that he reproduces to perfection to satisfy his master.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The English Pointer is not really made to live in an apartment . Lover of large spaces and freedom, he will prefer to live in a house with a large garden to channel his overflowing energy . He is not at all hyperactive but needs to run in order to thrive. He is also independent and is not against long excursions in the family garden.


Ease of gaining weight

A fairly robust dog, the English Pointer nevertheless has a predisposition to entropion and hip dysplasia . Some cases of deafness and cataracts have already been observed. In fact, it will be important to moderate your physical exercise during the first years of life. In addition, it is a robust dog , with good health , which has no hereditary pathologies and which can live in very good health up to 14 years.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 8 puppies

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends an English Pointer dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an English Pointer is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the English Pointer is an easy-care dog. However, his great enthusiasm while hunting and the fact that he does not mind venturing into the dirtiest terrain always makes it necessary to examine and clean him after every outing. His ears should also be inspected regularly to prevent inflammation.

It is recommended to brush the dog every week to avoid deposits of dirt (vegetation debris, etc.) and to ensure the absence of external parasites. It is essential to check the condition of his eyes and ears to prevent a parasite from slipping into them and promoting the appearance of infections.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1200 €

The purchase price of an English Pointer is between 800 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost

1250 €
€ 1350

The annual maintenance cost of an English Pointer is between € 1,250 and € 1,350.

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The diet of the English Pointer must be considered according to his physical activities and his daily energy expenditure . One to 2 rations per day is more than sufficient. Its diet must be based on high quality kibble .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The English Pointer needs a lot of exercise to get active. Born for hunting, he cannot remain inactive for very long. Nor can he be satisfied with simple daily outings. Long walks and provided exercises allow him to stay balanced both physically and mentally.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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