Portuguese Pointer

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35-49 lbs
19-22"
Portugal
Perdigueiro Portugues, Portuguese Pointing Dog

The Portuguese Pointer is a dog of medium size and has a very distinctive square face, similar to that of a Boxer. His hunting instincts are very strong and he does require continual training to ensure he does not become unruly. He is considered to be a tenacious hunter and can work through all types of terrain. He should not be left alone with smaller pets such as rabbits or guinea pigs. He can do fine with cats if he is raised with them. The Portuguese Pointer is very affectionate in nature and devoted to his family. He generally likes all people and is friendly to most strangers. 

Purpose
Gun Dog, Pointer
Date of Origin
12th Century
Ancestry
Pointers, Retrievers

Portuguese Pointer Health

Average Size
Male Portuguese Pointer size stats
Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 44-60 lbs
Female Portuguese Pointer size stats
Height: 19-22 inches Weight: 35-49 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Joint conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Ear Examination
  • Yearly Physical Examination

Portuguese Pointer Breed History

The Portuguese Pointer is still known as the Perdigueiro Português which comes from the Portuguese word for partridge. Therefore, the Portuguese Pointer’s original purpose was to flush and point partridge. It has been speculated that the Portuguese Pointer descended from dogs that were being used by Portuguese falconers sometime during the fifth or sixth century. The most widely accepted ancestry of the Portuguese Pointer is that he has descended directly from the Iberian Hound, an ancient breed that was brought into Portugal thousands of years ago. He did not become well known until the he was described by author Joao I in a book of hunting in the 12th century. Then, he was depicted in paintings done by Alfonso III in the 13th century. Ancient records show that when the Portuguese Pointer was first developed, he was strictly owned by royalty. The common hunter could not own the Portuguese Pointer until much later. Royals would oftentimes gift the Portuguese Pointer to royalty in other countries. Once commoners were able to own a Portuguese Pointer, he became a very popular gun dog throughout Portugal. Because the Portuguese are seafaring people, the Portuguese Pointer would accompany his hunter on voyages throughout Europe. It is quite possible that the Portuguese Pointer has been a strong influence on many other Pointer breeds and gun dogs throughout Europe. The Portuguese Pointer was imported into England and as English hunters began breeding them, they were renamed the English Pointer. Today, the English Pointer is a very different breed from the Portuguese Pointer, but the similarities between the two are striking. In 1996, the United Kennel Club officially recognized the Portuguese Pointer and he was allowed to participate in all events hosted by the UKC. Because there are too few Portuguese Pointers within the United States, he is not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. He has been allowed to be a part of the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service. 

Portuguese Pointer Breed Appearance

The Portuguese Pointer has a short coat that looks sleek but is somewhat coarse to the touch, except his face and ears feel like velvet. His body should be square, as in his back to leg ratio should be the same. He has a distinctive square face that gives him an impressive look. He has ears that hang down. He has a black nose, although dogs with brown coats can have a brown nose. His nostrils are large and open to allow him to breathe better when he is on the hunt. The Portuguese Pointer has oval eyes that are dark brown, light brown eyes are also acceptable. His eyelids should be black or the pigment should match his nose color. He can be found in a variety of patterns but basically comes in two different colors. He is found in variations of brown and yellow. Solid colors or with white markings are acceptable. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Portuguese Pointer eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Portuguese Pointer nose
Black
brown Portuguese Pointer nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Portuguese Pointer coat
Brown
fawn Portuguese Pointer coat
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Portuguese Pointer straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Portuguese Pointer Breed Maintenance

His coat is a double coat that can be dense during the winter months, and then it will shed in the spring. He does require weekly grooming that includes brushing him with a slicker brush or using a hound mitt. He does need to be trimmed regularly, about every 6 to 8 weeks. Trimming includes the hair between his foot pads, his whiskers and any tidying up around his feet. His nails should be trimmed every 2 to 3 weeks to keep him from developing feet problems. The Portuguese Pointer does not require frequent bathing. Too many baths can cause his skin to become dry and cause dandruff. Regular brushing will help keep the natural oils properly distributed and his skin healthy. When he is in need of a bath, use a mild shampoo or ask your veterinarian for a recommendation for shampoo. Regular dental cleanings should be performed to keep his teeth and gums healthy. 

Brushes for Portuguese Pointer
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Portuguese Pointer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Portuguese Pointer Temperament

The Portuguese Pointer is an active dog and requires daily exercise to keep them fit and happy. He is not naturally an aggressive dog towards people or other dogs but will sound the alarm when unknown people or dogs approach. This makes him a good watchdog, but do not expect him be the typical guard dog. He loves the outdoors and would spend hours playing or soaking up the sun if allowed. But he is also just as happy being indoors relaxing. He does have a high prey drive and he will be on the constant lookout for potential games, therefore, do not be surprised if he flushes birds out of shrubbery in the yard or chases smaller pets in the home. Never leave small pets alone with a Portuguese Pointer even if they are raised with him. He would do well in field trials or dog sports such as agility to help him expel some energy and keep him mentally sharp.

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

Portuguese Pointer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.8 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Portuguese Pointer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Portuguese Pointer size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 24 lbs
Female Portuguese Pointer size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 19 lbs
12 Months
Male Portuguese Pointer size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 42 lbs
Female Portuguese Pointer size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 37 lbs
18 Months
Male Portuguese Pointer size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 52 lbs
Female Portuguese Pointer size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 42 lbs

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