Portuguese Pointer (or Perdigueiro Portugues) is descended from old Spanish hunting dogs dating as far back as the 12th century. The Portuguese Pointer dog breed was used for hunting upland game birds, waterfowl, and sometimes even rabbits. In the 1700s, dogs were taken from Portugal to England, where the breed had an influence on the development of the English Pointer.
The Portuguese Pointer dog breed stands between 20 and 22 inches tall and weighs 35 to 59 pounds. The head is distinctively square, with an abrupt stop and a wide muzzle. The eyes are large and oval-shaped, and the ears are dropped. The body is as long as the dog is tall, creating a square when viewed from the side. The tail is docked to half its length. The coat is short and flat and can be any shade of yellow or brown, with or without white markings. Groom this coat by brushing it weekly with a soft bristle brush.
The Portuguese Pointer breed is rather active but not with nervous energy. They should have opportunities to run as this is a sporting breed. The breed is very playful, athletic, and clever. Although the breed retains its ancient hunting instincts, it’s not necessary for the dog to be in a hunting home; however, the dog should have a chance to run every day.
Portuguese Pointers are very people-oriented and very affectionate. They are also quite trainable. The training should be structured yet fun. They typically bond more strongly with one family member and may respond to training better with that person than with other family members. The Portuguese Pointer breed needs an owner who will enjoy an affectionate dog. This is not a reserved or standoffish breed who will relish life in the backyard; these dogs want to be with their people most of the time.
The Portuguese Pointer dog breed is great with kids. The Portuguese Pointer’s compact size makes for a good family pet, and the dogs have lots of energy for kids. The Portuguese Pointer is also good with other family pets. Health concerns include hip dysplasia.