Standard of the Pointer
The Pointer should be symmetrical and well built all over. Alert, with the appearance of strength, endurance and speed.
Head and Skull:
The skull should be medium breadth and in proportion to the length of foreface, the stop well defined, pronounced occipital bone. Nose and eye rims dark, but may be lighter in the case of a lemon and white-coloured dog. The nostrils wide, soft and moist. The muzzle somewhat concave and ending on a level with the nostrils, giving a slightly dish-faced appearance. The cheek bones should not be prominent. Well developed soft lip.
The same distance from the occiput as from the nostrils. A slight depression under the eyes, which should be bright and kindly in expression, not bold or staring and not looking down the nose. The colour of the eyes either hazel or brown according to the colour of the coat.
Scissor bite, neither under nor overshot.
Long, muscular, slightly arched, springing cleanly from the shoulders and free from throatiness.
The ears should be set on fairly high and lie close to the head, they should be of medium length and inclined to be pointed at the tips.
The shoulders long, sloping and well-laid back. The chest just wide enough for plenty of heart room. The brisket well let down, to a level with the elbows. The fore legs straight and firm, of good oval bone with the back sinews strong and visible. The knee joint should be flat with the front of the leg and protrude very little on the inside. Pasterns lengthy, strong and resilient.
Well-sprung ribs, gradually falling away at the loin, which should be strong, muscular and slightly arched. The couplings short. The haunch bones well spaced and prominent, but not above the level of the back. The general outline from head to tail being a series of graceful curves, giving a strong but lissom appearance.
Well turned stifles. The hock should be well let down and close to the ground. A good expanse of thigh, which should be very muscular, as should also the second thigh.
The feet oval, with well-knit, arched toes, well cushioned underneath.
Smooth, covering plenty of ground with each stride. Driving hind action, elbows neither turning in nor out. Definitely not a hackney action.
The tail of medium length, thick at the root, growing gradually thinner to the point. It should be well covered with close hair and carried on a level with the back, with no upward curl. With the dog in movement the tail should lash from side to side.
The coat should be fine, short, hard and evenly distributed, perfectly smooth and straight, with a decided sheen.
The usual colours are lemon and white, orange and white, liver and white, and black and white. Self colours and tricolours are also correct.
Desirable heights. Dogs: 63 - 69 cm (25 - 27 in) Bitches: 61 - 66 cm (24 - 26 in).
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.