Height at the withers:  55 – 67 cm.

Preferred size for males:  58 – 67 cm.

Preferred size for females:  55 – 62 cm.

Weight: Between 25 and 40 kg depending on size.

Length of the body is the same or a little more than the height at the withers. Length of head is equal to 4/10 of the height at the withers; its width, measured at the level of the zygomatic arches, is less than half its length.  Skull and muzzle are of equal length.


This dog of ancient Italian origin used for bird hunting has modelled itself and developed over the ages; from the hunting of yester years by means of hunt and shooting. Frescoes from the 14th century are proof of the indisputable timelessness of the Italian pointer over the centuries, regarding his morphology or his hunting aptitudes as a pointing dog. Selected for great ability in fast and wide trot and by nature an excellent retriever.

Of strong and harmonious construction, powerful appearance. The preferred subjects are those with ean limbs, well developed muscles, well defined lines with a markedly sculpted head and a very obvious lower orbital chiselling, elements which all contribute to give distinction to this breed.


Tough and adapted to all types of hunting, reliable, endowed with an excellent ability to understand, docile and easy to train.

Important in breed

Length of the body is the same or a little more than the height at the withers. Length of head is equal to 4/10 of the height at the withers; its width, measured at the level of the zygomatic arches, is less than half its length.  Skull and muzzle are of equal length.

Extended and fast trot, with powerful propulsion from the hindquarters, head raised and nose held high in such a way that, when hunting, the nose is higher than the topline.


Angular and narrow at the level of the zygomatic arches; the length of the skull equals the length  of the muzzle. The upper longitudinal axes of the skull and muzzle are divergent, i.e. if extending the top line of the muzzle the latter must emerge in front of the occipital protuberance, ideally at mid-length of the skull.

Skull: Seen in profile, the skull is in the shape of a very open arch. Seen from above, it forms lengthwise an elongated ellipse. The width of the skull, measured at the level of the zygomatic arches, should not exceed half of the length of the head. The bulge of the forehead and the supraorbital ridges are perceptible. The frontal groove is visible and ends at mid-length of the skull. The interparietal crest is short and not very prominent. The occipital protuberance is pronounced.

Stop: Not pronounced.

Facial region

Nose: Voluminous, with large well-opened nostrils, protrudingslightly over the lips with which it forms an angle. Colour is more or less pink  – to flesh-coloured or brown, depending on the colour of the coat. 

Muzzle: Either slightly arched or straight.  Its length is equal to half of the length of the head and its depth measures 4/5 of its length. Seen from the front, the lateral sides of the muzzle converge slightly, still presenting a foreface of good width. The chin is not very  apparent. 

Lips: Upper lips well developed, thin and floppy without being flaccid, covering the jaw; seen in profile, they overlap the lower jaw slightly. Seen from the front, they form an inverted « V » below the nose; the corner of the lips must be marked without being droopy.

Jaws/Teeth: Dental arches well adapted, with the teeth square set to the jaw; scissor bite. A pincer bite is also acceptable.

Cheeks: Lean.

Eyes: Semi-lateral position with a soft and submissive expression, neither deep set nor prominent. Eyes fairly large, eyelids oval shaped and close fitting (no entropion or ectropion).  The iris is of a more or less dark ochre or brown colour depending on the coat colour.

Ears: Long, they should reach the tip of the nose without being stretched. Their width is at least equal to half their length; raised only very slightly; base rather narrow, set rather backwards at level of zygomatic arches; a supple ear with a front rim well turned inwards and really close to the cheek is appreciated; the tips are slightly rounded.


Topline: The topline presents two lines: one, almost straight, slopes from the withers to the 11th dorsal vertebra; the other is slightly arched, joining with the line of the rump.

Withers: Well defined, with the points of the shoulder blades well separated.

Loin: Wide lumbar region, muscled, short and slightly convex.

Croup: Long (about 1/3 of the height at the withers), broad and well muscled; the ideal pelvic angulation (angle formed by the pelvic girdle with a horizontal line) is 30°. 

Chest: Broad, deep and well let down to the elbows, without forming a keel, with well-sprung ribs, particularly in the lower part.

Underline and belly: Lower profile almost horizontal along the ribcage rising slightly at the abdomen.

TAIL: Thick at the base, straight, with a slight tendency to taper; hair short. When the dog is in action and especially when questing, it is carried horizontally or nearly. The natural tail should not extend 

below the hock and have the above-mentioned features.  If docked, for hunting purposes and in compliance with health and animal 

welfare, the tail must have a length of 15–25 cm from the root.


White. White with patches of varied size of an orange or more or less dark amber colour. White with more or less large chestnut patches. White speckled with pale orange, i.e. orange roan. White speckled with chestnut, i.e. chestnut roan. In this last combination, a metallic sheen is appreciated, and a warm shade of brown is preferred, recalling the colour of a monk’s frock.

A symmetrical facial mask is preferred, but the absence of a mask is tolerated.


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on its ability to perform its traditional work.


Accentuated undershot mouth. Excessive amount of skin causing an exaggerated dewlap or an un-divided dewlap  and too many wrinkles on the head. Size, 2 cm above or below the standard height at the withers. An upturned tail is highly undesirable


Aggressive or overly shy dogs. Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified. Split nose. Convergence of cranio-facial axes. Overshot mouth. Wall eye. Coat black, white and black, tricolour, fawn, hazel, unicolour and tan markings. Absence of pigmentation (Albinism). Pigmentation of skin and annexes with traces of black. N.B. Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation, should be used for breeding

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