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Perdiguero Portuguese – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 35 to 59 pounds
Height: 16 to 22 inches
Longevity: 14
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Perdiguero Portuguese, Dog Breed Guide


Perdiguero Portuguese also called the Portuguese Pointing Dog is considered by many as one of the ultimate gun dog breeds an amongst the top bird hunters in the dog universe!

Official Name

Perdiguero Portuguese


Date – 13th Century
Country – Portugal
Family / Group – Gun Dog, Sporting, Pointer

Recognized By:
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Kennel Club – Foundation Stock Service Program


The modern Perdiguero Portuguese or also called in English as Portuguese Pointers are believed to be created and initially bred sometime in the 13th Century. The proof can of their date of origin can be seen in various paintings dating back from that century. These works of arts depicted dogs that resemble the modern pointing dog breed that we know today. Historians and authors throughout the centuries describe these pointing dogs as excellent in hawking and are very much the same with hound dogs. Today they are bred primarily to be used as partridge dogs.


The Portuguese Pointer is a dog breed famous for its tenacity and intensity when it comes to hunting! These very active pointing dogs have solid hunting skills. They do show affection towards their family. These dogs are often submissive dogs to their owners.

Bred For

These pointing dogs from Portugal were bred to be bird hunters.


Perdiguero Portugueso dogs are not city slickers nor are they apartment pets. These pointers require lots of open space for them to move about. They are also not dogs for an indoor living.


Portuguese Pointers have fair grooming needs. They are dogs that should be trimmed quarterly.


Portuguese Pointing Dog is one of the most trainable dog breeds known today. This is because these dogs are always eager to please their master.


Perdiguero Portugueso is known to be very healthy. The only known genetic issue is this breed’s high risk to have albinism.


The Perdiguero Portugueso is a very active and highly energetic dog. One hour of vigorous exercise every day should be done at least. If not kept as hunting dogs or if hunting season is over, Portuguese Pointing dogs require plenty of play time with balls, Frisbee or just running along with other dogs!