Pointer Breed Information

History of Pointers

Pointers, believed to be from Spain, were originally known as Spanish Pointers. These were a far heavier-cast dog than the Pointer we know today. These dogs appeared in Britain at the end of the War of Spanish Succession (1713), with British Army Officers bringing them back after the signing of the Peace of Utrect. Italian Pointers, which resembled the French Braque were introduced into England and crossed with the Spanish Pointer, producing the Pointer as we know it today.

Pointers in America can be traced to the Civil War period and were probably brought to the new world by their masters.

The Westminster Kennel Club was organized in the early 1870's mainly for the improvement of the Pointer. Their organization's English import, "Sensation", is still used as their Club logo.



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