Burgos Pointing

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50-70 lbs
20-25"
Spain
Burgalese, Spanish Pointer, Perdiguero

The Burgos Pointing Dog is a large, regal dog bred to hunt. They are tireless in the field, and are adaptable to all types of terrain and game from fur to feathers. This dog is suited to country living or at least a home with a large secure yard where they can roam about. They also require an active family as they thrive on exercise and activity. Although they could adapt to an apartment, it would take a lot of daily exercise - real exercise, not just a stroll - to satisfy this dog. They can become destructive if they are not exercised sufficiently. The Burgos Pointing Dog makes a lovely companion dog, who is loyal and true. Calm and gentle with children, they make great family pets. They are good for the novice owner although a firm, but fair owner is best. Harsh training methods do not suit this dog; they like calm, quiet owners who are confident and caring. They have a distinctive coat that is short and dense, usually, the coloring is liver and white, often having heavy ticking which gives the coat a grizzled appearance. Obedient and kind, this is one dog who lives up to their regal elegant appearance. 

Purpose
Gun dog, Hunting, Companion
Date of Origin
1500's
Ancestry
Perdiguero Navarro, Sabueso Espaniol

Burgos Pointing Health

Average Size
Male Burgos Pointing size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 50-70 lbs
Female Burgos Pointing size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 50-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None Known
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Health and Infection
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Ear Infection and Inflammation
Occasional Tests
  • Ear Examination
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests

Burgos Pointing Breed History

The Burgos Pointing Dog is an ancient breed that has been around since the 15th Century and was highly valued as a versatile hunting dog for deer. They became very adaptable to all terrain with the ability to hunt, point and retrieve both fur and feathered game. Their origin comes from the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal,  which is thought to be the birth place of many Pointer breeds. The Burgos Pointing Dog has been instrumental in the development of other pointing breeds. An elegant and regal large pointing dog, the Burgos is thought to be a descendant of the Spanish dog the Sabueso Espanol which was a scent hound breed, and the Old Spanish Pointer. The Burgos Pointing Dog has become a slightly smaller version of their former selves, which has come about from the breeders tampering with the bloodlines over the years as they strived to focus on their abilities as a bird hunting dog. Time was not kind to the Burgos, as they were facing extinction in the early days of the 20th Century. Thankfully today, the breed is enjoying a revival in popularity as Spanish breeders and hunters have returned to the faithful, loyal dog and their many positive qualities. Once again the Burgos Pointing Dog is spreading around their home country and are valued for their unique abilities as a hunting, pointing and retrieving dog. These days they are used mostly for small, fast game such as hare, quail and partridge. While they are a robust and versatile dog in the hunt, they have a calm, even tempered nature which makes for a great companion and trusted family dog. This gentle dog is patient and caring with children, which has encouraged families to welcome them into their homes.

Burgos Pointing Breed Appearance

The Burgos Pointing Dog is an elegant, well built dog of good proportions. They stand approximately 25 inches at the withers, and have long elegant legs. Their back is is straight with a slight slope down from the withers. Although solid in build, they have a lean athletic appearance, with a deep chest and muscular neck and shoulders. They are longer than they are in height, and hold themselves alert and graceful.. The head is relatively large, with a slightly square muzzle with teeth meeting in a scissors bite. They have a calm, gentle expression in their dark round eyes. The long, wide and high set ears hang down in folds, and the dog has hanging flews and a dewlap. The coat is short haired and dense, usually in a liver and white coloration, with patches or sometimes ticking that give the coat a mottled appearance. Their tails are long, thin and pointed. The Burgos Pointing Dog has a steady economical gait that is flowing in movement. Tireless, hard working ethics sets this dog apart and makes them a valuable companion for the hunter.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Burgos Pointing eyes
Brown
amber Burgos Pointing eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Burgos Pointing nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Burgos Pointing coat
White
black Burgos Pointing coat
Black
brindle Burgos Pointing coat
Brindle
brown Burgos Pointing coat
Brown
fawn Burgos Pointing coat
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Burgos Pointing straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Burgos Pointing Breed Maintenance

The Burgos Pointing dog is a large dog that has an elegant appearance with long legs, well defined head and a lovely calm nature. Grooming is quite easy with this athletic dog, as they only require a good brushing each week or a wipe down with a damp chamois cloth that will keep their short coat gleaming. Frequent bathing is to be avoided, as it can strip the natural oils out of the coat that provide the weather proofing that the dog needs. If you do give this dog a bath, make sure you use a very mild dog shampoo and rinse your dog thoroughly afterwards. Their long heavy ears need to be checked on a regular basis to make sure they don't get infected. Check also for any parasites that may be hitching a ride. This is an active dog, and they shouldn't need their toenails clipped, but check anyway. Usually, this dog wears them down naturally. But do check their paws for any injury the may have picked up over rough ground. Exercise and training are vital for this dog. They are at their best when busy, and if you are not a hunter, they will need a good long walk and freedom to explore each day. This solid dog is normally healthy and robust, which makes maintenance a breeze.

Brushes for Burgos Pointing
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Burgos Pointing requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Burgos Pointing Temperament

The Burgos Pointing Dog is a calm, confident canine who excels in the field as a hunter's companion to track, point and retrieve mostly small game these days. They are also adaptable as a family dog, although they are a very energetic dog who requires an active family. A county lifestyle would suit this dog best, with plenty of free space to roam and explore. They are known to be a friendly dog, welcoming visitors, although they can be reserved around strangers at first. As a puppy, they are full of life, into everything and need a ton of exercise and early socialization including training. When they mature, they grow into a mellow dog who is patient and affectionate with young children, and friendly around other dogs. They are not so good with small furry pets such as rabbits as they are too close to the dog's target prey. The Burgos Pointing Dog is an obedient dog if they have been trained by an owner who is calm and confident and sticks to the rules they set. They are eager to please their master and responds well to training; the Burgos is an excellent swimmer and has a lovely affectionate nature that they shower on their family.

Burgos Pointing Activity Requirements

Highly active, on the move, relentless in the field: these are the words that describe the Burgos Pointing Dog to perfection. This is one dog that should be kept in the country where they can run around and wear off their boundless energy. While they are adaptable to town living, they require a very active family, as a short stroll is not enough for this athlete. They like to be busy and thrive on having a job to do. Their form as a hunter, pointer and retriever has earned them a valued reputation. But once the hunt is finished, they are calm and content to lounge at your side or patiently submit to your children whims. They are good in and out of the water and can handle most terrain. If you are an active walker, keen hiker or even better a game hunter, then this is the dog for you. If you are less of an active person, then this dog may not be the right one.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
20 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Burgos Pointing Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Burgos Pointing Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Burgos Pointing size stats at six months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Burgos Pointing size stats at six months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 20 lbs
12 Months
Male Burgos Pointing size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 36 lbs
Female Burgos Pointing size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 36 lbs
18 Months
Male Burgos Pointing size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Female Burgos Pointing size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 60 lbs

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