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Portuguese Pointer Puppies
Description: Portuguese Pointers are so affectionate and friendly that even in the AKC standards is a mention of their unwavering adoration of their masters. The breed is mentioned to be so affectionate that it is sometimes "inappropriate and inconvenient". The Perdigueiro Portugueso, as it is also named, is a medium sized dog that may have been the progenitor of several other Pointer breeds. It is thought to have come before the English Pointer and contributed to its genes. They have short fur that is short and dense, and on the head it is velvety and soft. The coloration of the breed is from yellow to chestnut, sometimes with white markings in an Irish pattern. They have drop floppy ears and dark, large, sincere eyes. Their personality only magnifies their adorable appearance. They are, as stated before, overly affectionate and extremely dedicated to their owners. They are very obedient and submissive, and will retrieve or hunt anything commanded with the utmost joy. They are active dogs, tenacious and well-being. They thrive on physical contact and attention, and in return are intense hunters and highly trainable. Obedient, good with children and other dogs, the Portuguese Pointer is an all-around friendly hunting dog for the family.
Other Names: Perdigueiro Portugueso, Portuguese Setter
Type: Gun dog
20.5 - 24 inches; Females: 19 - 22 inches.
or chestnut, can be either a solid color or have some white in the Irish pattern
on the neck, legs, belly and muzzle.
friendly and attentive, the Portuguese Pointer doubles from a gun dog to a home
pet. They are speedy, skilled and have an excellent nose. They are intelligent
and highly enjoy the hunt or retrieve. Perdigueiro Portuguesos are active, intense
in their hunting and tenacious. With family they much enjoy doing as told, and
are submissive and kind. They are very versatile and can bend to their master's
requests. They are gentle and committed. They are highly trainable. Although
affectionate, they are naturally serious dogs. They adore family. This breed
is said to need constant physical stimulation, such as petting and playing with
their owners. The AKC standard book mentions that Portuguese Pointers can sometimes
be overbearingly affectionate to the point that it is "embarrassing", and the
dog should be trained to restrain itself.
Care and Exercise:
The Portuguese Pointer needs to have a rub down and brushed every few
days to keep them looking in top condition. Grooming is very low maintenance
on the short coats. For the long coated variety, brushing should occur more
often to keep tangles and debris out of the fur, especially the ears, since
the fur is long on the ears.
Health Issues: Albinism has been known to be a problem in this breed.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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