The Pointer (or English Pointer) first appeared around 1650, where it was used to stand game in Spain, Portugal and the British Isles. As their name implies, they were used to locate and “point” out small game, and while their heritage is muddled, it is generally thought that their “foredogs” included Foxhounds, Bloodhounds, Greyhounds and general “setting” spaniels. If you are a fan of the Westminster Kennel Club, you’ll recognize the English Pointer named “Sensation” on the club’s famous logo.
Pointers today are superior gun dogs as well as excellent house pets. They are affectionate, loyal and get along very well with the whole family (both two- and four-legged members). They love to be a part of the “family pack,” so leaving them to their own devices all day is probably not advisable. In general, Pointers are easy keepers – they do require daily exercise, but their grooming requirements are minimal.
Though they are easygoing, Pointers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Pointers are prone to include eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy; joint problems such as hip dysplasia; skin problems such as demodicosis and acral lick dermatitis; and heart conditions such as aortic stentosis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Pointer inherits his mother’s bad hips or his father’s bad eyes, you’re protected.