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Classification, Lifespan, And Appearance

AKC ClassificationSporting Group
Alternative ClassificationBird Dog – Pointer
Lifespan14-16 years
Height22-26 inches
Weight50-70 lbs
Coat LengthShort (longer on belly)
Coat CharacteristicsStraight, harsh, and wiry;  undercoat is dense in winter and thin in summer
FeatheringLittle to none
Hypoallergenic CoatNo
EarsHang down; short to medium; un-feathered

Grooming Requirements

Maintenance IntensityLow
BrushingWeekly
BathingOccasional
SheddingRegular
EarsChecked and cleaned weekly

Temperament

General Temperament (AKC)Affectionate; eager; enthusiastic
Affectionate (to family)Yes; often prefers one person
IndependenceModerate
IntensityModerate to high
SensitivityModerate to high
StubbornPossible
Aggression LevelModerate (dog aggression)
TimidNo
Energy LevelHigh
Attention RequirementsHigh
One-Person DogLikely
General FriendlinessHigh
Child FriendlinessHigh (can be too boisterous)
Stranger FriendlinessReserved
Dog FriendlinessLow
Cat FriendlinessLow
ProtectivenessHigh
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 IntensityHigh
Owner RequirementsActive
Exercise CompanionExcellent
Training MethodsPositive preferred
Mandatory TrainingObedience
Canine Sport TrainingEncouraged
Affinity for WaterHigh

Adaptability And Living Environment

Good for First-Time OwnersNo
Good for Single-Person HomesYes
Good for Multi-Person HomesYes
Alone TimeIntolerant of extended periods of isolation
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 WeatherModerate to high
Toleration of Hot WeatherModerate to high