English Pointer Breeders, Breed Clubs and History
The English Pointer is believed to have originated in Spain but in the last two or three centuries has become very distinctively British When he first arrived in the UK he was used in tandem with the Greyhound for hare coursing; the Pointer would locate the hare and the Greyhound course it. His ability to locate and ‘point’ game came into its own with the introduction of the flintlock.
Hedeveloped from the Spanish Pointer as a result of judicious cross-breeding; the breeds used were probably Foxhounds and Bloodhounds for scenting, Greyhounds for speed and Bull Terriers for tenacity. By the end of the 18th century the breed was recognisably the Pointer of today, regarded as one of the finest upland bird dogs in the world.
He is described in the Breed Standard as “a series of graceful curves”, which begins at the tip of his nose, leading to a slightly concave foreface, then raising over skull to the occipital bone. He is a very clean in outline and has a lovely balanced elegance; he conveys an aristocratic outlook, together with a kind and even-tempered nature.
The Pointer is a little larger than most members of the HPR group; dogs measure up to 69cm and when in working condition weigh as much as 75lbs. The English Pointer’s movement is characterised by his habit of carrying his head high as he tests the air whilst he moves easily with plenty of drive covering the ground well. A hackney gait is a serious fault.
The smooth fine, hard coat has a decided sheen; colour combinations a lemon, orange, liver and black, all with white. Self-colours and tricolours are also acceptable.
The English Pointer is perfectly adaptable to life as a family dog but does thrive in a hunting environment. If not given the opportunity to work with the gun he should, at least, be given scope for using his natural scenting skills.
- Northern Ireland Pointer Club Miss C Calvert 01868 722173
- Pointer Club Mrs Aidine Howes 01865 343435 Email
- Pointer Club of Scotland Liz Rigby 01581 600211
- Southern Pointer Club Mrs E W Parsons 01837 82269
Rescue and Rehoming
Mr & Mrs J Dawson 01652 640566
Mrs Beryl Bugden Secretary Pointer Rescue Service (Hereford) 01981 570 667 e-mail