Pointers first appeared in England around 1650 and were used to locate and point hares. The Pointers ancestors were a combination of judicious cross breeding of the Foxhound, Greyhound, and Bloodhound with some type of “setting spaniel.” Pointers are hard working hunting dogs possessing stamina, courage and a desire to go. Today the Pointer is bred primarily as a gundog for sport afield and definitely looks and acts the part. He gives the impression of grace and power, with a lean muscular body, a high degree of intelligence and a keen scenting nose. The Pointer’s alert good sense, even temperament and loyalty makes him a great companion in the field and in the home. Because of his nature he requires plenty of mental and physical exercise. His short coat makes it easy to care for him. The Pointer, as a Sporting Group, was first recognized by the AKC in 1884.