Most Pointer breeders and owners will tell you that Pointers do not like to consider themselves dogs, but rather one of the family.
From the hard working field dog to the pampered show dog, all Pointers enjoy being part of the family as well as enjoying all of the comforts home life has to offer. They are good with children and love to play with them all day long. Pointers are also excellent watchdogs as they are very protective of their domain and will at the very least sound an alarm at anything out of the ordinary that they hear or see.
Because a Pointer is fun-loving and mischievous by nature, from puppyhood on, a sense of what is right and wrong must be instilled in your Pointer. Bad habits can be avoided from the very beginning by proper supervision and ongoing training. A well fenced outdoor exercise area is a must. Tethering a KRA pointer Pointer is not an option. We recommend crate training for your puppy. A properly crate trained puppy is welcomed readily when visiting friends, as well, it give your puppy a safe place to rest and relax when supervision is not possible.
Pointer puppies should be well socialized from early on. It is important that they get out to see the world so to speak. Many stores welcome dogs now and this is an excellent way for your pointer to meet new people and experiences. It is recommended that your Pointer be enrolled in obedience classes. Not only will the puppy learn to mind its manners, but it will learn proper socialization as well. This training will help to develop your Pointer's manners for the enjoyable years ahead as a true "member of the family" dog.
If you are looking for a show dog,most Pointers like being the center of attention and they certainly "stand out in the crowd" when in the show ring. Their sleek, short coat does not require the excess grooming time that some of his longer--haired cousins must have, and they are a very easy breed to care for, whether at home or preparing for the dog show ring.
The Pointer has long been considered the "Cadillac" of bird dogs. He has been used to find birds for his owner's table before there were guns to shoot them. At one time nets were used to throw over the dog and birds, since that was the only way to catch them. After the emergence of guns, the Pointer was still used to find game. It was taught to "stand tall" and "steady to wing and shot" so that the gunner could get a clear shot and the retrievers could be sent to fetch the birds.
Today, the pointer is used for personal hunting and retrieving. He is expected to hunt to his master's voice, and not on his own. He is also expected to retrieve kindly to hand.
Pointers are used extensively in Field Trials, and historically have always been the top winning breed in modern day records. The field trial Pointer is not always the "hard-headed running machine" that we hear so much about. Most field trial Pointers are very biddable, personable dogs that have one thing on their mind when let loose in hunting terrain, and that is to find birds. Because of this, they tend to run hard, fast, and cover as much ground as possible to accomplish their aim. As the Field Trial Pointer may be a considerable distance from the handler at the time of the bird-find, he must also be trainable, so that he will "stand" his bird until the handler arrives.
Because the Pointer has been bred for many generations to be a biddable, birdy, gun dog, the chances of a puppy becoming "your" personal hunting companion is great. There are very few breeders that do not take into consideration the working ability of his stock prior to breeding, so that buyers have a good chance at buying a puppy that will grow to be his "once in a life-time" great bird dog!
These are the attributes that will make the Pointer a "once in a life-time" great bird dog!