Pointer, a breed of sporting dogs of Spanish origin, introduced into England in the 18th century, and since then modified with a strain of foxhound blood to such an extent that, according to Borrow, the present English breed differs totally from any native Spanish dog. Pointers are of medium size, close-haired, generally liver-coloured or liver and white; some, however, are black, and others again show the tan markings of the hound. The peculiar habits of this dog are indicated in the name. As soon as it scents game, it stands still, with the muzzle raised and "pointing" in that direction; one fore-leg is usually also lifted, and the tail sticks out straight behind. The habit is inherited by young dogs. Since driving and walking up birds has become common, the use of pointers has been on the decrease.