Pointers are very versatile and active field dogs, so they require vigorous daily exercise. They typically weigh between 45 to 75 pounds. They are devoted and even-tempered, and described as loyal companions. They have a competitive spirit and an independent streak, but they are also fun-loving and mischievous. Pointers are stubborn, but easy to train and are loyal, mild mannered family members.
Common Health Conditions
- Obesity can be a significant health problem in Pointers. It is a serious disease that may cause or worsen joint problems, metabolic and digestive disorders, or back discomfort and heart disease.
- If your Pointer has a weakened or compromised immune system, however, they can develop demodectic mange. This disorder can be localized, occurring as patches of red, scaly, skin with hair loss on the head, neck and forelegs.
- Inflammatory bowel disease is one of the most common causes of vomiting and chronic diarrhea in dogs, and is sometimes observed in Pointers.