The cynologists views on the origin of the Pointer are different. Most believe that their ancestor is the Spanish Pointer brought to England in 1713 by British officers. Through several crossbreedings with the Foxhound, Bloodhound and the gray Greyhound, through careful selections the present-day specimen was obtained. The name comes from "Pero del punta" - "pointing dog" which has become "Pointer" in English.
It is a large-sized, brawny, powerful dog, with an elegant and noble look. It has a well-built, symmetrical, square-shaped body. The head is proportional to the body, the skull is of medium width, it has a prominent stop, the muzzle is rectangular, upturned and flat. The eyes are big, round, a slightly goggled and dark. The ears are of medium length, round-ended and drooping. The tail is of medium length, conical and carried low in the shape of a sword or straight at backline level. The fur has short, smooth, glossy hair, close to the body. It may be: yellowish-white, white with dark red, white with black, or 3 colour combinations with larger spots on the head and at the base of the tail.
It is an intelligent, dynamic, lively, friendly, well-balanced, hard-working, enthusiastic dog. It is obedient and devoted to its master, loving and patient with children, friendly even to strangers. It gets along well with other dogs and, if socialized from an early age, with other household animals.
A brushing with a rubber brush to remove dead hair during the shedding period is enough to keept the coat neat.
It is a dog with a high level of activity that likes to take a lot of exercise and to be busy. It is recommended to active people who can take time daily for the dog because it likes long walks and running. It is very resistant to fatigue and heat. It feels best in a fenced yard where it can move freely. It needs socialization and training.
It is an intelligent and obedient dog and the training is not hard to do. With a gentle and loving, but consistent approach, the wanted results can be obtained.
It is the best field pointer, but it can also hunt in woods and marshes with great passion. Some puppies are tested for pointing skills at the age of eight weeks. It is a pleasant companion.