Welcome to The Pointer Club Breed Health Page.
Please find links to our two most recent health surveys (completed in 2012 and
2022) along with an overview of the results and statistics, and also a link to the
most recent Breed Health & Conservation Plan.
Report from The Breed Health Survey 2012
Report From The Breed Health Survey 2022
There is also a link to the new ‘Report A Health Condition’ initiative, so we can
continually monitor any possible trends for health conditions within the breed.
As always, information will be anonymised with only the conditions being
recorded for research purposes, never particular dogs or owners.
Click here to report a health condition
Whilst The Royal Kennel Club does not currently recommend any health testing
for Pointers at this time, but some breeders choose to hip score their dogs, and
a few have elbow scored. You can check out any health test results listed for
dogs using the KC’s ‘Health Test Results Finder’ search facility (presuming you
know the correct registered name of the dog):
Health Test Results Finder | The Kennel Club
The five year median score for pointers is currently 9. More information about
hip dysplasia and the scoring scheme can be found here:
BVA Hip Dysplasia Scheme for dogs
Another resource available is the in-breeding coefficient lookup:
Inbreeding coefficient calculator | The Kennel Club
An interesting read about genetic diversity and the ‘popular sire syndrome’ if
you are considering breeding or purchasing a puppy:
Manage and maintain genetic diversity | Health | Kennel Club
You can always contact Linda Westron, the Pointer Breed Health Co-ordinator
direct: firstname.lastname@example.org with any issues or concerns.