There are several types of Pointers such as the English Pointer and the German Shorthaired Pointer (of which there is also the German Wirehaired Pointer and the German Longhaired Pointer). The German Shorthaired Pointer is the most popular dog of the four breeds (the 9th most popular breed of all dogs in North America).
The Pointer is a very athletic and energetic dog that is intelligent, eager to please, and playful. When you combine the Pointer with different purebred dogs, you can end up with the best traits of both breeds in one dog.
Here are the 10 most popular Pointer mixed breeds available. Perhaps one of these will be the next addition to your family.
1. Pointer Pit
The American Pit Bull Terrier, combined with the Pointer, will give us the Pointer Pit. They get along wonderfully with children, primarily thanks to the Pit Bull parent, but might be wary of other dogs. They are incredibly energetic dogs since both of their parents are high-energy and require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them healthy and happy. Overall, the Pointer Pit is a friendly, affectionate, and happy dog and will bond very closely with its family.
The Boingle comes from the Beagle and the Pointer and is a sweet, playful, and loyal dog. They make excellent family pets as they get along very well with children of all ages. However, they can be overexuberant in their play, so there should be supervision around young children. The Boingle gets along with other pets in the household, but their hunting instincts might kick in around smaller animals. The Boingle is affectionate and social and will not do well if left alone for long periods.
3. Border Point
The Border Collie, combined with the Pointer, creates the Border Point, a mixed breed dog that is highly energetic and protective of its family. They have strong hunting and herding instincts and will do best in large houses in the countryside and without any other pets. The Border Point gets along very well with children and is an excellent watchdog because it tends to bark a lot and is wary of strangers. They need a lot of exercise and are excellent companion dogs.
The Pointollie has Collie and Pointer parents and is a sensitive and intelligent hybrid. They are great with kids, but like most dogs, there should be supervision with younger children. The Pointollie doesn’t do well when left alone for long periods and requires a lot of early training and socialization to avoid any timidity and anxious behaviors from occurring. Grooming will be easy if the dog inherits a short coat or will need more work if it takes after the Rough Collie. The Pointollie is a loving and devoted dog that will require a moderate amount of exercise.
5. German Shorthaired Pointerpoodle
The Poodle and the German Shorthaired Pointer combined make the German Shorthaired Pointerpoodle. This mixed breed is a very active and friendly dog that makes an excellent family pet. The Pointerpoodle is terrific with children and other animals with proper socialization and is intelligent and easy to train. Grooming might require a little more work depending on the coat they inherit (particularly if the Poiterpoodle takes after the high-maintenance Poodle parent). Pointerpoodles are high-energy dogs that need a lot of exercise and are affectionate companions.
6. American Gointer
The Golden Retriever and the Pointer together create the American Gointer. This is a very active and affectionate dog that needs a lot of exercise and is loyal and intelligent. The Gointer is easy to train and groom and thrives on attention and should not be left alone for long periods. They are excellent family pets and get along very well with children of all ages and other household pets. The Gointer is sweet, playful, and energetic and will do well with an active, outgoing family.
7. English Sprointer
The English Sprointer comes from the English Springer Spaniel and the Pointer and is a beautiful family dog. They are friendly, intelligent, and social dogs that are gentle and great with children and other pets. The Sprointer will alert the family to anyone approaching the house but are far too friendly to make guard dogs. They are easy to groom but are very active and need a lot of exercise. The Sprointer is a happy and playful dog that would make a fantastic member of an active family’s household.
The Pointer and the Labrador Retriever make the Lab-Pointer (also called the Pointerdor). This hybrid is affectionate and loyal and would make great dogs for beginner dog owners as they are intelligent and easy to train and groom. The Lab-Pointer has no aggressive tendencies and gets along very well with children, but there should not be any small pets in the household unless the dog was raised with them because of their high prey drive. They are gentle, loving, and easy-going dogs that would do best in a house with a yard for their activity needs.
The bright and active Boxer and the Pointer make the Boxapoint, an energetic, intelligent, and playful dog. They are great with kids but should be supervised when around young children or other small animals due to their hunting instincts. The Boxapoint is very high-energy and will need a lot of exercise to avoid destructive behavior. Grooming is easy because of their short coat, but training might be more challenging as they are prone to stubbornness. The Boxapoint is a friendly, patient, loyal, and gentle dog that can make a great family pet.
The Pudelpointer (“pudel” is the German word for puddle/poodle) is a combination of the Pointer and the Poodle and is a very social and smart dog. They are calm when at home but are very energetic dogs that require a lot of exercise when outside. The Pudelpointer is hypoallergenic and, therefore, would be a good fit for owners with allergies. They are easy to groom and train, but they have a high prey drive and shouldn’t be left alone with small animals. They should also be kept on a leash at all times when outside. The Pudelpointer is gentle, loving, and devoted to its family and will thrive with attention and lots of activity and play.
Whether it’s the English or German, the Shorthair or Wirehair, the Pointer is a versatile family dog that is a friendly and active companion. Combining two different breeds will give you a lot of the best qualities of both parents. This is good news if it removes some of the negative traits of certain breeds, but it can also produce uncertainty as you won’t always know what kind of personality your dog will grow into.
You can find your new dog through breeders, or even better, through rescue groups. Rescuing a dog will give you a companion that will be devoted and loving, and subsequently, you will also support the rescue group or society.
Whichever dog or puppy you bring into your household, treating it with love and patience will give you a lifelong friend and bring a fluffy bundle of happiness into your family.
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