The supreme scenting machine, the Pointer is a wonderful example of a breed fit for its original function: to range on large expanses of land to detect the scent of game and then halting, frozen in a “point” in the direction of sitting game. The Pointer is an athlete, a series of flowing curves, with a slightly concave muzzle to lift his nose and aid the scenting powers. His hunting style is with head held high, lashing his bee-sting tail. No wonder then, that the Pointer was much in demand by the gentry of the 18th and 19th centuries as the most stylish of gundogs (Kennel Club). There are records of Pointers dating back to the 1600’s. “Braques-type dogs” were around in the 13th Century and there are paintings of Pointers that date back to the 15th and 18th Century. It is thought various pointing breeds found across Europe were bought to England where they were crossed with chosen native breeds including Irish Setters, Greyhounds, Newfoundlands, Bloodhounds, Fox Hounds and Bull Terriers. Pointers were used with Greyhounds to hare-course during the 1600’s, but by the beginning of the seventeenth century, wing shooting became fashionable when pointing dogs came into their own. However, it was not until the 20th century that Pointers were recognised as being excellent hunting dogs because Irish Setters had always been the dogs of choice before that time.