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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

Adopt a Portuguese Pointer, Dog Breed Guide

Introduction

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.

Origin

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

History

The contemporary Portuguese Pointer cab  trace 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.

Personality

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!

Environment

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

Grooming

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

Training

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.

Health

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

Exercise

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 play time with balls, Frisbee or just running along with other dogs!

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