The Pointer is the world’s oldest sporting breed, harkening back to the 17th century. This is a hardworking, long-lasting, and driven dog. Unlike bloodhounds, whose brilliant noses and long ears help them follow smells on the ground, the Pointer catches winds of a scent — literally. They follow scent-trains on the wind. And — as you might have guessed from the name — they indicate their prey’s position by pointing their bodies toward it. If there’s a bird anywhere in the vicinity, your Pointer will lead you right to it.
Originally from England, this medium-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 45-75 pounds and lives an average of 12-17 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting group.