The exact origin of the Portuguese Pointing Dog (Portuguese Perdigueiro Portugués) is not known, but its existence in Portugal can be traced back to the XII century. Perdigueiro Portugués name derives from a Portuguese word Perdiz, which means "partridge" because this dog hunt mainly birds. Most likely, this Portuguese breed was an ancestor of the English Pointer, because in the eighteenth century, it was brought to England by winemakers who traded with Portugal. In 1920 Portuguese professionals began to regain a population of these dogs. This is a local, very old breed with clear morphological characteristics. Images of this dog can be seen in portraits of King Alfonso III. It lives all over Portugal, but puppies for sale could be found mostly in the cities.
Official breed standard was published in 2008.
The Portuguese Pointer is a medium sized dog, with harmonious lines and a strong, elegant body. Its movements are flexible. Head is powerful, quite proportional to a body. Lips are pending, muzzle is black. The dog's eyes are brown and very expressive. Ears are fine, silky to a touch, pointed at a top and hanging, they are about 15 cm long.
Tail is medium, thicker at a base and tapering towards an end. When the dog is calm, a tail hangs down, and when it is working, it is raised slightly above horizontal, but never takes a vertical position.
Coat is short, dense and tightly adherent to a body. Main color is yellow or brown, monochromatic with white spots. Height varies from 50 to 56 cm. Weight is between 16 and 27 kg.
The Portuguese Pointing Dog can hunt in any terrain and weather conditions. It has an excellent sense of smell.
Character and behavior
This is a very fast dog, but consistent, quietly and relentlessly chasing its prey. It is smart, energetic, inventive and willful. This breed is strongly attached to its master.
At home it is sociable, calm and loves all, so it is not suitable for a guard dog. But it can be a very good companion dog, especially if its owners are young, dynamic and love jogging and trekking.
Training and education
This dog is affectionate, very docile and loyal and therefore easily executes any commands. Keep in mind that it is a gentle animal, so you should use only positive methods. The Portuguese Pointer is always ready to work. You should not forget that this breed is a passionate hunter and, if not used for hunting, then you should provide it with regular exercise and games. Slow walks is not suitable for it.
Grooming and care
The Portuguese Pointing Dog can live at home, but as we have said, it will need more exercise. It is not an urban animal and likes to run in large spaces or play sports with its owner.
It does not need any special maintenance. It is enough to comb the hair once a week. Bathe only when necessary.
This is a very healthy dog. Some representatives may suffer from hip dysplasia and problems with the joints. Unlike other dogs, it has no problems with ear infections
The average lifespan is about 14 years, but there are cases of dogs who have lived more than 15 years.
Children and other pets
The Portuguese Pointing Dog is gentle with children and very attached to a whole family. It does not get along well with other dogs, but this can be changed with good training and socialization from an early age.
In the XIV century, this dog was known as «Podengo de mostra» and even then it showed exceptionalhunting qualities.