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Classification, Lifespan, And Appearance

AKC ClassificationSporting Group
Alternative ClassificationBird Dog – Pointer
Lifespan10-12 years
Height21-25 inches
Weight45-70 lbs
Coat LengthVery short
Coat CharacteristicsThick and coarse on body; thinner and softer on head and ears
FeatheringNone
Hypoallergenic CoatNo
EarsHang down; medium to long; un-feathered

Grooming Requirements

Maintenance IntensityModerate
BrushingOccasional
BathingOccasional
SheddingRegular
EarsChecked and cleaned weekly

Temperament

General Temperament (AKC)Friendly; smart; willing to please
Affectionate (to family)Yes; often prefers one person
IndependenceModerate
IntensityModerate to high
SensitivityModerate to high
StubbornPossible
Aggression LevelLow
TimidNo
Energy LevelHigh
Attention RequirementsHigh
One-Person DogLikely
General FriendlinessModerate
Child FriendlinessModerate to high; better with older children
Stranger FriendlinessReserved to friendly
Dog FriendlinessLow
Cat FriendlinessLow
ProtectivenessModerate to high
Prey DriveHigh
Barking PotentialModerate

Exercise And Training Requirements

SocializationRequired
Intelligence LevelHigh
EnduranceHigh
Eager to PleaseHigh
Exercise NeedsHigh
Exercise Frequency2-3 times a day
Exercise Duration30-60 minutes per session
Exercise IntensityModerate to high
Owner RequirementsActive
Exercise CompanionExcellent
Training MethodsPositive yields best results; shorter duration is better
Mandatory TrainingObedience
Canine Sport TrainingEncouraged
Affinity for WaterModerate to high

Adaptability And Living Environment

Good for First-Time OwnersNo
Good for Single-Person HomesYes (if person can meet their exercise requirements)
Good for Multi-Person HomesYes
Alone TimeIntolerant
Indoor LivingShould be allowed indoors with family; not suitable for apartment living
Outdoor RequirementsShould have access to a secure yard; should be taken outside each day
Toleration of Cold WeatherLow
Toleration of Hot WeatherModerate to high