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There are a wide variety of dogs of medium to large size breeds that are considered pointers, a part of a larger classification of dog, gun dog.  All gun dogs were primarily breed to assist hunters.  There are   three primary types of gun dogs; retrievers, flushing dogs and pointers. 

The Pointer’s origins are not completely clear.  Pointers are thought to have originated in Spain and where known as Spanish Pointers.  These dogs were brought from mainland Europe to Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and bred producing the ancestors of English pointers.  At least four breeds, through history and anatomical evaluation were key to the evolution of several pointer crosses: Greyhounds, Foxhounds, Bloodhounds and Bull Terriers. 

Brought to the United States in the 19th Century, Pointers are now a very prevalent breed.  Known for their prowess as hunting dogs they are known as “bird dogs” in parts of the southern U.S.

Sources:Cavanaugh, Wayne R. Assessing the Show Pointer, Cavanaugh, June 12, 1997.

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