The Portuguese Pointer is one of the best gundogs in the world. As its name suggests, they originated in Portugal where they have served and worked alongside Portuguese hunters for hundreds of years. These dogs are known all over the world for their loyalty and their extremely strong desire to please their owners and/or hunters.
The Portuguese Pointer is an active dog breed which is what you might expect from a working breed. They are extremely active and the only time these dogs are peaceful is when they sleep. As soon as the sun comes up, they are ready and want to start working. It’s high energy levels make the Portuguese Pointer not a great fit for everybody.
FUN FACT: Portuguese Pointer ownership was restricted to Portuguese royalty and commoners could not own one unless it was given to them as a gift from a royal member
20–22 in (51–56 cm)
35-60 lb (16-27 kg)
Dog Breed Characteristics
The Portuguese Pointer’s characteristics are that of a “Braque” type hunting dog. They have a built that is called rectilinear, meaning it has straight and harmonious lines. An interesting thing about these dogs is that their head gives the impression of being larger than it actually is. These dogs should have wet, black noses and lively and expressive, brown-colored, and usually a darker shade of brown than its coat. Their ears should be flat, set on the back part of the head, and hanging. These dogs should never have pricked or erect ears.
The Portuguese Pointer has long, powerful limbs that allow them to work and run great distances. They have deep chests and relatively short, strong backs. Their tail should be of medium length and not reaching below the hock.
Portuguese Pointer standards
- Group 7 (Pointing Dogs), Section 1.1 (Continental Pointing Dogs). With working trial.
- height - 20,5-23,5 in (52-60 cm), females 19-22 in (48-56 cm)
- weight - 44-60 lbs (20-27 kg), females 35-48 lbs (16-22 kg)
- date of acceptance - 7/13/1955
Portuguese Pointers have a short, dense, and harsh coat. They need regular weekly brushing that will help them get rid of dead hair. They will also need other basic care; brush their teeth at least three times a week. Check their ears for signs of infection and redness, bathe them every 6-8 weeks (more if they live inside the house), and trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally.
Portuguese Pointer coat colors:
- yellow – light, medium, or dark shades
The temperament of a working Portuguese Pointer is that of a great and obedient gundog that will do anything its owner tells it to. These dogs are active and dedicated to their work. They are tireless hunters and have the ability to work from dawn to sundown.
These days, the Portuguese Pointer can be found as a devoted family pet. They are very loyal to their family and can even take the role of an alert watchdog. They are not very suspicious of strangers but are known to bark when someone is approaching their home. The Portuguese Pointer is usually great with kids from its family and can be a great playing companion that will never run out of energy. They are great at retrieving so playing fetch will be great fun for both the kids and for the dog.
Portuguese Pointer training and socialization
The Portuguese Pointer gundog training doesn’t require a lot. They have natural hunting instincts that have been selectively bred into this breed for years and years. They are able to perform as well as any other pointer breed and the closer a hunter is to the dog, the more synced they will be and understand each other signals better. These dogs have a strong will to please their owners so teaching them basic tricks shouldn’t be a problem. Use positive training methods and you will see great results in your Portuguese Pointer training.
Like any other dog breed, the Portuguese Pointer’s socialization should start as soon as possible. They are not naturally aggressive nor shy so socialization should go smoothly. Take your dog to busy parks and introduce them to different dogs and strangers. That way your dog will learn social rules and it will be able to adapt to new and unknown situations in the future. Socialization will ensure that your puppy develops in a stable and well-behaved dog.
Portuguese Pointers are generally healthy dogs but like most of the dog breeds in the world, they can suffer from some health problems. Those problems include:
- hip dysplasia
- luxating patella
- eye problems
If you want to get a puppy with the best possible health you should never buy him from an irresponsible dog breeder. Official and responsible dog breeders regularly check their breeding dogs and they will not breed dogs if there is a possibility that the puppies will end up with inherited diseases.
Portuguese Pointer breeders
When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Portuguese Pointer breeder. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well. You must find a good Portuguese Pointer breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics.
Buying a dog from a responsible breeder will cost you more money, but you can be sure that you will get a healthy puppy. If you are unable to buy a dog, we advise you to search for local animal shelters because there is a chance you can find a Portuguese Pointer in it.
World Dog Finder team