(Closed) SO and I are thinking about adopting an English Pointer from the Humane Society.

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
832 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

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 # 5
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
2867 posts
Sugar bee

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
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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.

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