Every year dog lovers watch Crufts on TV. Crufts founder Charles Crufts started showing all types of dogs in 1891 which to date is 126 years old. Individual breed societies held by the Kennel Club set the registering the standards of dogs. There are 6 breed categories that I’m going to cover over the coming months. These are – Gundogs – Hounds – Working Dogs – Terriers -Special Dogs – Toy Dogs. The first dog we are discussing is the Pointer or Gundogs. We can divide the Gundogs into four categories these are – Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters.
Gundog – Pointer – History
A breed where appearances takes second place to working abilities. In great demand in the 18th and 19th century as the most stylish of dogs. The Pointer came into its own with the advent of a gunshot, a supreme scenting machine to range in a large expanse of land and able to pinpoint game with accuracy. The dog catches a scent! The dog freezes; remains still until told to move forward. Spanish Pointer, goes back 300 years or more. In the last part of the century the English Pointer was bred from Spanish stock, then emerged as a distinct breed.
Temperament and Requirements
Known at one time has rather a fierce breed; the introduction of settler blood has made the Pointer an easily managed dog. A Pointer can become a good, affectionate pet. They can make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs. But its heart is really in its work, and needs to hunt regularly.
Head: A pronounced stop, combined with a slightly concave muzzle, gives a distinctive dish-shaped look to its face. Eyes: Round with a gentle intelligent expression. Hazel in a pale dog, brown in a darker one. Body: Strong but graceful, sloping down slightly towards the hindquarters. Ears: Set high and hanging close to the head. Coat: Short, smooth and variable in colour. Lemon, orange, liver and black are all seen, usually mixed with white. Tail: Should be straight and held horizontally, emphasizing the dogs ramrod pose when it “points”.