In the very front ranks stand the pointer and the setters”English, Irish, and Gordon”and which is the best is largely a matter of individual taste.
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So far we have spoken of dogs which when used for hunting purposes are usually
supposed to catch and kill the game which they follow. We now come to a class of
hunting dogs which arc not expected to kill the game, but to help their masters to
kill it, or to retrieve it after it has been killed.
The chief duty of each is to scent out the game
(usually such birds as partridge, grouse, and quail), and, when near enough,
point out to the gunner (he spot where it lies concealed.
As the hunter approaches, the birds rise and are, shot on the wing.
Very often the dogs are trained to pick up and bring in the game after it is shot.
The Nature of the Pointer
The pointer, as the illustration shows, is smooth coated, and his name suggests his business. ,
This most popular of upland hunting-dogs has undergone many changes in
standard as to size, conformation, and color. But certainly no
“strain” has been more successful, nor stamped its virtues more
generally upon following generations of pointers, than the famous
“graphic” pointers of 20 years ago, and it is one of the best of
these that was used as a model.
The working pointer should be a lean, hard-limbed, and
well-muscled dog of about 60 pounds weight, though 10 pounds either way
would meet the preferences of different fanciers.
He Must be keen of eye and nose, obedient, teachable, and staunch.
Many otherwise fine pointers lack the courage of their convictions,
and it is easy to spoil a good dog either by too gentle or too rough handling.
Colors are legion; white should predominate.