Post # 1
For a while now, Mr. Reno and I have been actively looking for a dog to start our family. We have pretty strong feelings about the personality types/temperament that we want in a dog, so we have been pretty selective in the process.
We’ve decided that the Springer Spaniel is the type of dog we like (beautiful, generally happy, good with kids, family dog, etc…) so we’ve been kind of biased in our visits to the Humane Society. However, today Mr. Reno and I found an English Pointer that we liked. I wasn’t IN LOVE with him by any means, but I think I’m being unfair towards him because he was dirty and thin (but what do you expect from the pound ya know?).
Of course it says he’s very energetic (I have read that’s typical for their breed type) but he was very good in terms of personality (VERY sweet). I am just nervous about their described energy. Everything I have read has said that they require a LOT of exercise so that they don’t become destructive. While Mr. Reno and I are active, we’re not SUPER active or anything. We don’t jog too often (SO says he will more with a dog) and we don’t hunt (which is what a lot of websites say they are for). This worry’s me a little bit…
Does anyone have English Pointers or any experience with them at all? Anyone know anything about them or have opinions or advice? I would just like to hear personal accounts from people that have experience with them. 🙂
Post # 3
i had a lab/pointer mix when i was younger. She was a great dog and very friendly. She was extremely hyper! We had a big yard and she still had tons of energy after running around. However, she was a puppy when we got her & we ended up giving her to a family friend a year later due to an unexpected move. I’m not really sure about the energy for an adult.
Post # 4
Oh really? Yeah this dog is 5 years old, so he’s past that energetic puppy faze (hopefully) lol.
Post # 5
We always had English setters growing up, which are also hunting dogs with high energy. We have a huge yard, so they would just run around, but they do need to burn off a lot of energy. They were are outside dogs, but we hamd one of the older ones inside frequently and he was just fine.
I don’t know how well they would do as a completely indoors dog, but with enough exercise it should be fine. As far as hunting goes, hunting season is actually pretty short, so it’s not like it’s a lifestyle, lol.
Post # 6
It’s important to get a breed that works well with your lifestyle.
If you are 100% set on an active breed, there are things you can do to with the dog to meet the dogs’ needs, such as agility or flyball.
Post # 7
I agree with @abbyful you should make sure it can fit into your lifestyle and you can do things with him. I have a friend who has a pointer and this dog is high strung, but she’s able to work with him on a daily basis.
Post # 8
I am glad you are adopting through a no-kill organization. These are very, very active dogs. If you want someone who will go through a quick walk in the evening, eat dinner and be ready for bed, this is not the breed for you. If you have the time and commitment level for the energy, then this is a great breed. Beautiful animals and I’m sure this fellow will look much better in a couple months.
Post # 9
Best of luck and don’t be afraid to continue being “picky” in your search. If an English Pointer is not the right breed for you don’t get him.
Post # 10
I would be cautious adopting a dog if you think the energy level might be too high.
My roommate had a pointer/pitt mix who was a ball of energy. We had a fenced in back yard and she’d run and chase my dog, but without 3 long walks a day or at least an hour a day at the dog park, she had too much energy and got destructive. She’d chew things and eat rolls of toilet paper and paper towels and tear apart our garbage cans. I felt bad because she didn’t get enough exercise and was mostly indoors. She was a few years old too, so that was adult energy, not puppy energy. When she got exercise, she didn’t chew or eat things and was a sweet dog.
I got my dog specifically because he was pretty mellow and calm when I met him, but had the energy to keep up on runs and hikes. I would follow your gut and maybe look for a lower energy dog.
Post # 11
@Georgia Bee: I slept on the decision last night and I really do think I want that kind of dog, that is somewhat of a couch potatoe and would be good on a 30 min walk. We have a medium sized back yard. It’s not small, but it’s not big by any means. I would just feel horrible if I didn’t get him out and about as much as he needs. Maybe after I graduate, I can concentrate on a dog that needs that kind of attention more, but not now. 🙁 Bummer. He was a sweetie too.
Post # 12
@mrstilly: yeah, I heard they are “chewy” dogs. They turn to being destructive if they don’t have some sort of outlet. I would hate for that to happen.