The group of Pointing Dogs includes both Continental Pointing Dogs as the British and Irish Pointers and Setters. As the group name indicates, pointers are distinguished by a pointing position when they have sighted game.
Derived from Hounds, the dog breeds that make up this group first specialized in this role for hunting birds, before its use was extended.
These dogs are easily trained and pose few problems when living in a pack.
The Pointing Dogs are divided into 2 sections, based on geographic criteria.
Standard – classification FCI
- Group 7: Pointing Dogs
- Section 2: British and Irish Pointers and Setters.
The first records of Pointers in England they date from around 1650. The breed is believed to be the result of a cross between Spanish pointers, the English Foxhound, Greyhounds, St. Hubert Hound, Bulldog and various breeds of Setter.
The objective of the breeders was to develop an animal that combined the qualities of these different breeds, in particular the developed sense of smell and the physical constitution of the St. Hubert Hound; speed, the elegance and grace of Greyhound; the well-developed rib cage of the English Foxhound, as well as its resistance and ease of maintenance. Later, various breeds of Setters to improve the psychological characteristics of the English Pointer, since the first specimens were described as fierce.
Until the 18th century, this dog was used to search, locate and mark small game, like the rabbit, the hare or the fox. He worked in tandem with the Greyhounds and other racing dogs, which in turn were in charge of catching and killing prey.
In this box we will focus on the Pointer included in the Section 2 (British and Irish Pointers and Setters).
The English Pointer It is a dog of great kindness and loyalty to its owner and docile.
The first records of Pointers in England