Country/Date of Origin: Great Britain/1600s
By crossing stocky Spanish Pointers with the more agile Italian Pointers (similar to the French Braque), British breeders were able to perfect the best bird dog ever created. It is the most popular pointing dog in the world. It has an incredible nose and the speed and endurance to cover large areas of ground. The Pointer is especially suited to the hunting conditions of the United States where it is hunted from horseback.
Records of the Pointer have been kept since about 1650, although paintings of Pointer-type dogs were even found in Egyptian tombs 3000 years ago. It is the fountainhead of many of the other field dog breeds. Pointers were one of the foundation breeds of the American Kennel Club.