The English Pointer is a very famous breed, not only in its homeland, but also beyond. These dogs were widely used back in the 17th century for hunting small and large game. In turn, they came from the Spanish hunting dogs Perro de Punta Espanyol, or the Spanish pointers, which have a very ancient history, and are mentioned by Pliny in the 1st century AD.
Spanish pointers were taught by Christian monks, and after the arrival of Muslim conquerors on the Iberian Peninsula, they were widely used for falconry. The dog found dead prey and stopped there waiting for the owner. This principle of hunting, sometimes somewhat altered (a dog carefully brings game to the owner in its mouth), is used to this day, although firearms have long been used instead of falcons. Continue reading