Breed group : Sporting
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GENERALBreed group: Sporting Type: Hybrid
Talent: Agility, Hunting, Jogging, Retrieving, Search & rescue, Tracking, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 55 - 75 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black, Black & White, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10 - 15 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
Pointers are thought to be a mix of several breeds, originally from England and developed to be part of hunting parties. Their anatomy reveals similarities to the bloodhound, greyhound, foxhound and bull terrier. When hunting, skills looked for in pointers are point, honor and retrieve. They are expected, with their keen sense of smell, locate game, stop in a pointing stance on seeing another in the pack doing the same, and retrieve dead or wounded game. They are also great runners, and musculature in the chest and legs show this.
Lab Pointers more often than not inherit the colors of the Pointer, which can be solid white, lemon, liver, orange, or black, or any of the other colors over white. The lighter colored Lab Pointers can have a flesh-colored nose, while others have darker (black or brown) noses. Lab Pointers also sometimes come in tri-colors.
Lab Pointers can have short- to medium-length straight fur that requires brushing at least once a week, twice if there is more shedding. Bathing is only as necessary to keep the 'dog' smell down.
Lab Pointers are often sweet, yet independent, animals that are not overly affected by occasional separation from their owners. They have a steady temperament and are thus good with children. They do have a deep bark, which they sometimes use when faced with unknown people or when excited by strange smells outdoors.
Twice a day walks or daily runs are needed for this breed, as they have high energy levels. When properly trained, they can even be good companions for medium-distance runners.
Lab Pointers respond well to firm commands, especially if for use in hunting. Short, consistent sessions with small rewards can turn out a fine Lab Pointer. The same approach in house-training will be successful, as Lab Pointers are easily distracted, though they are naturally motivated to please their owners.
They are normally active indoors, very playful and energetic. They require moderate exercise to tire them and burn out their energies.