Pointing Dogs are a type of gun dog used to search for and point upland game birds. Pointing dogs use their exceptional scenting ability to search for and accurately point the body scent (scent cone) of game birds. Descriptions of dogs that held point (pause before the pounce in all canids) date back to the 16th century in Europe. Through the establishment of purebred stud books, selective breeding and field trial competitions, the various breeds of pointing dogs improved to become the fine and reliable field dogs we have today. All are also wonderful companion animals. There are many breeds of pointing dogs in the United States, Canada, Japan, throughout Europe and South Africa and other parts of the world. We are focussed on the breeds that compete in American Field (FDSB)/AFTCA and AKC pointing dog field trials. (Brittany, English Setter, German Shorthaired Pointer, Pointer, Red Setter, Vizsla, and Weimaraner).