Originating in Portugal in Royal kennels, the Portuguese Pointer is believed to have descended from dogs used by falconers in the 5th and 6th centuries. A popular hunting dog, this breed is considered to be extremely rare.
The Portuguese Pointer is valued for its strong pointing, hunting, and retrieving instincts. A devoted hunting companion, this breed is an avid hunter over all types of terrain and in any climate. Portuguese Pointer's are used in the hunting of small and large game, particularly the gray partridge.
Does your Portuguese Pointer bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety
is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
The Portuguese Pointer breed is intelligent, faithful, attentive, and affectionate. They are excellent family companions that do well with children and other dogs.
The Portuguese Pointer breed require regular brushing and combing. Ears must be checked often. The Portuguese Pointer is relatively healthy due to its rarity and limited human intervention.
If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet
The Portuguese Pointer breed's coat is coarse, dense, and short. The fur on the face and ears is slightly longer and has a velvet texture.
Portuguese Pointer's require early obedience and socialization. They do best with a fair but firm owner. It is quite common for puppies to begin pointing and retrieving sticks with no formal training. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay
is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Portuguese Pointer puppy.
Consider crate training
if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The Portuguese Pointer is not recommended for apartment living. This breed requires regular exercise and thrives on hunting and companionship. Socialization
is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Male: 44-59; Female: 35-48 lbs
Male: 20-22; Female: 16-21 inches
light brown or yellow, with or without white markings