Very Active; Energetic, hard-driving gundogs, Pointers crave serious exercise.
The Pointer's even temperament and alert good sense make him a congenial companion both in the field and in the home, but he requires both physical and mental exercise. He should be dignified, but should never show timidity toward man or dog. The breed's short coat is easy to care with minimal effort.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Pointer is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
A brush and the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
The Pointer's even temperament and alert good sense make him a congenial companion both in the field and in the home, but he requires both physical and mental exercise. He should be dignified, but should never show timidity toward man or dog. Providing a securely fenced-in yard for your Pointer to stretch his legs to burn off some of the renowned “hunt all day” endurance is most beneficial and will make him even more livable inside the home. If you plan to hunt with him, his nose won’t be ruined by the indoor aromas, nor will his desire to please in the field be lessened by finding his place beside you and your family on the sofa or bed.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, such as epilepsy, hip dysplasia, eye and autoimmune disorders (skin allergies, hypothyroidism, etc). Even though parents have been x-rayed and cleared of genetic disorders, they can still carry the genes for them. It is always recommended that health tests be performed before you consider breeding your dog in order to decrease the odds of passing on harmful genes.
Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Pointers are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Pointer can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.