Bullet The English Pointer Visited us in Fairfield

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This dog, seen today at our Fairfield and Suisun vaccination clinic is one we’ve featured before. Bullet’s human never saw his picture from last year so here it is again 🙂 He is a wonderful pet and a perfect example of the original type of Pointer brought to America in the 18th and 19th century. In England, the English Pointer dates back to the 16th and 17th century and is probably derived from Spanish and Portuguese pointers brought across the Channel at that time. Over the course of breeding into the gun dog, we know today other breeds were incorporated like the Foxhound, Bloodhound, Greyhound, and even Bulldog. When brought to America, the Pointer became a great success at hunting Bobwhite Quail, Pheasant, Grouse and Woodcock and was especially popular in the American south. In the early 20th century the English Pointer (or just ‘Pointer’) supplanted the Golden Retriever as the bird dog of choice because they excel at all aspects of hunting. They are good gun dogs, they are good at pointing (which requires that they locate the prey, freeze, and point without flushing them), honor the point of other dogs in the same group, and finally, they can also be taught to retrieve shot foul. The English Pointer, like all pointers, is known for its wonderfully mild temperament, co-operative spirit and its reliability around people and other animals. Pointers do not make good guard dogs but do make great pet dogs. Remember that Pointers are among the most active of all the hunting dogs and require a great deal of daily exercise – Geoffrey Antipa

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