Original Name : Perdigueiro Português
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 20½-23½ inches
Male weight : 44-59½ lbs
Female size : 19-22 inches
Female weight : 44-59½ lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Portugal
Portuguese Pointers are extremely affectionate dogs that, despite their very submissive nature, do require some training. They are highly sociable and calm-natured, although they can become frisky with other Portuguese Pointers. Gracious and elegant in appearance and attitudes.
Proportionate to the body, while giving the impression of being larger due to its shape.
Moderately high withers that are a little thick, short, broad, straight back running horizontally without a visible transition to the short, fairly broad loins, which are strongly muscular.
Yellow and brown, self-colored or with white markings.
Medium-sized, thin, supple and covered with fine, dense hair, much broader at the base than at the tip.
Straight, set preferably medium high, strong at the base, tapering gradually, but not too much, to the tip.
Short, strong, very close, not too soft and dense.
While little is certain about the Portuguese Pointer’s origins, there is little doubt of the breed’s talents. These intelligent dogs display a very strong work ethic and are surprisingly cunning, pointing firmly when they pick up the scent. They adopt a special pose characterized by contracted face, fixed gaze, pricked ears, motionless head, straight tail and one raised foreleg. Once they have the smell of the game in their nose they can be totally indifferent to what’s going on around them.
Portuguese Pointers are tenacious hunters that cover terrain with single-mindedness and stubbornness, ensuring that no stone is left unturned. These highly alert animals draw on their remarkable sense of smell, experience and knowledge of the lay of the land on the trail of their prey.