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Portuguese Pointer

Perdigueiro Portugues, Portuguese Pointing Dog


The Portuguese Pointer is a medium-sized, well-balanced dog with a distinctive “square” face, drop ears, and a tail that is carried pendant when the dog is standing and level with the back or slightly above when the dog is moving. The body of the Portuguese Pointer is almost square. The Portuguese Pointer should be evaluated as a working gun dog and exaggerations or faults should be penalized in proportion to how much they interfere with the dog’s ability to work.

The Portuguese Pointer has strong hunting instincts. In the field, the Portuguese Pointer is a tenacious hunter in all sorts of terrain and climate. The dog’s affectionate nature is so intense that the Portuguese standard describes it as “…occasionally even embarrassing”. This devotion, however, makes the Portuguese a joy in the field because no dog delights more in sharing the hunt with its master.

Size Medium
Height Male: 20–24 inches (51–61 cm)Female: 19–22 inches (48–56 cm)
Weight Male: 44–60 pounds (20–27 kg)Female: 35–49 pounds (16–22 kg)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Colors White & Yellow Yellow Light Brown Brown White & Light Brown
Origin Portugal
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

These dogs are not recommended for apartment life. They are moderately active indoors and do best with acreage.

Good With Children

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human.




Grooming Requirements

The smooth coat of the Portuguese Pointer is very easy to groom. Brush regularly with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary.




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