History

088._English_PointerThe origins of pointer are lost in the centuries. There are paintings from the Pyramids of Egypt that depict a long tailed, drop-eared dog on leash with a man carrying a net. As nets were used to capture birds, some believe that the Pointer was evolved from these dogs.

In Europe, that dog appeared for first time in the late 1300's, early 1400's in many countries.  The country of origin is believed to be Spain for the modern pointer. There was a hound dog white-dark orange or white –liver known as Braque, which was a point dog with strong nose. There are also other countries fighting for the origins of pointer. The sure thing is that the Pointer, along with other breeds, are the parents of our today’s pointing dogs

The pointing dog was first introduced into England about two hundred years ago This seems clear; because before the eighteenth century no trace of him can be found in either the pictures or books on sport, the first record of him in this country being a picture of the Duke of Kingston, with his kennel of Pointers, dated 1725. Now, these dogs are of the same elegant Franco-Italian type as the pointing dogs painted by Oudry and Desportes for the French kings at the end of the seventeenth century; so that, in spite of this picture by Tillemans being the earliest British representation, it cannot be supposed to depict the absolute pioneers of the breed; for the name "Pointer," derived from the Spanish punta, implies that the first ancestors of the breed must have come from Spain, probably brought back by our returning army after the Peace of Utrecht in 1712. And it must have been by judiciously blending the blood of the heavy Spaniard with that of the racing-like French dog, that the Duke of Kingston and enthusiasts of a similar stamp first created that monarch of his race, the English Pointer.

The forms of the dogs portrayed in this Tillemans picture completely demolish the vulgarly received idea that the cross with the Foxhhound was necessary to give the Pointer quality or speed. In fact, this cross was most probably an experiment arising from the superstitious belief of some that the Foxhound was so superior an animal, that any other breed whatever must derive benefit from an admixture of his blood.

Colonel Thornton, in the dying years of the eighteenth century, seems, from the unanimous voice of his contemporaries, to have been the first to try this disastrous misalliance; and no doubt his immediate success in producing in this way such an animal as his celebrated Dash  has induced many others since then to imitate his pernicious example.

In the earlier decades of the nineteenth century, sporting literature began to develop very rapidly; but, imbued with the true spirit of sport as most of it is, details as to individual dogs and registers of pedigrees were still wanting, until the era of shows and field trials.made their value, and the necessity of more accuracy on such matters, apparent.