Pointers have been our distinguished hunting companions since the 1600’s. Their exact ancestry isn’t clear but it is widely agreed that it includes Foxhound, Greyhound, and Bloodhound spiced up with a “setting spaniel” of some sort. Even before hunting birds on the wing became popular they were teamed up with greyhounds to hunt and point out hare. They are a bold, elegant and powerful breed with tireless determination in the field and at play. Their distinguished, congenial temperament makes them wonderful family companions as long as they get the mental and physical exercise they require. Their shoat coat comes in a variety of colors and needs minimal maintenance.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.