Thinking about purchasing an Portuguese Pointer? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Portuguese Pointer breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Portuguese Pointer owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Portuguese Pointer and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Portuguese Pointer Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Portuguese Pointer and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Portuguese Pointer Profile
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.
Portuguese Pointer 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.
Portuguese Pointer 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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