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Portuguese Pointer – Dog Breeds 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


Among the various gun dogs and sporting dog breeds that are native to the country of Portugal, the Portuguese Pointer is the only dog breed that specializes in “hawking”!

Official Name

Portuguese Pointer or Portuguese Pointing Dog.


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


The contemporary Portuguese Pointer cab traces its roots as far back as the early 13th Century. Various paintings dating back from that century 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. The Portuguese Pointer specializes in hunting hawks!


Portuguese Pointer is not suitable to be city slickers. This dog breed is not suited to apartment life. The breed requires lots of open space for them to move about. They are not dogs for 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.


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


The Portuguese Pointer 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 playtime with balls, Frisbee or just running along with other dogs!



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