Portuguese Pointer At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (FSS: Sporting); FCI (Pointing Dogs); UKC (Gun Dog)
Large. Height: Approx. 20 to 23 inches; Weight: 35 lbs-60lbs
Short and dense
Yellow, Light Yellow, and Red Yellow with or without White Markings
10 to 14 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
This breed almost went extinct in the 1920's.
Portuguese Pointer Overview
The Portuguese Pointer stems from the same lines as other Iberian hunting dogs. He has a long history as a royal bird dog, but quickly became popular as a hunting dog for those outside of royalty. The Pointer was also brought onto Portuguese ships and their travels led to their being part of many breeds including the Labrador Retriever and English Pointer.
Portuguese Pointer Characteristics
This breed features a blockier style head, similar to that of a boxer or some working Labradors. They have a lean, tan-colored body with a long, narrow tail. Their long rounded ears are dropped and combined with the blocky head give them an almost Beagle appearance, despite being much larger and differently colored.
Portuguese Pointer Temperament
Hunting, retrieving and most of all pointing are the three major traits of this dog breed. They are also a loyal and sweet breed, however, they tend to attach to one person closely, making them better for solo hunting. However, they will do well as family pets, and like it best if sleeping close by to their owner.
Portuguese Pointer Care
Average lifespan of this breed is 10 to 14 years, typical for large dogs of their size. There are no breed-specific health concerns mentioned, however their large size may make them prone to bloat or other health issues related to similar breeds such as the Pointer or Labrador Retriever. Good breeding and veterinary care are key to limiting disease.
Portuguese Pointer Coat
The coat of the Pointer is short and dense, making it very easy to care for. It is weather resistant and usually ready to go with just a washing every so often. Wiping down the coat or use of a bristle brush will help remove dead hairs and keep the skin underneath clean.
Portuguese Pointer Training
The dog breed learns best when his activity is related to hunting, however, he will pick up on other training methods as well. Positive reinforcement that is motivating along with early socialization will help create a dog that is happy, social and well-behaved.
Portuguese Pointer Activity
This is a breed that loves to be active and should have several vigorous walks daily if not being used for hunting and retrieval. Hunting games such as flushing prey, retrieving objects or long walks through scented and wild areas will help keep him at his happiest.