Pointers are even-tempered, congenial dogs, and despite their large size, make good house pets so long as they get sufficient exercise due to their extremely high energy levels. Pointers are intelligent, affectionate, clean and intensely loyal. Their aggression level is very low to non-existent and they normally happily coexist with other dogs and cats. They are not typically territorial but can be reserved with strangers. They are very good with children and fit in well with family life generally. Pups can be somewhat boisterous, and their long legs make them appear somewhat clumsy in a charming way as they grow. They will bark at suspicious noises, but are not a great watchdog breed. While Pointers were bred to be hunting dogs, they are perfectly content to be given adequate exercise by other means. Since they are a galloping breed, regular exercise is important for them, as it is for all sporting breeds. A good-sized, securely fenced yard is a must to keep a Pointer safe, since they are bred to hunt and pursue scents a good distance from their person. Pointers are habitual "couch potatoes" who enjoy relaxing on the family's chairs, sofas and beds. This is a natural part of their desire to feel part of the pack.