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Portuguese Pointer Breed Summary
Affectionate, Energetic, Gentle, Lively and Alert
Portuguese Pointers are a medium sized doggy, native to yeah, you guessed it, Portugal! In terms of their personalities, they are a very loving breed and are hugely eager to please their owners. It's thought that they are probably descendants of Spanish Pointers and were bred to point and mark game in hunts. They are also highly intelligent and a fast learner which means training them is relatively easy!
As a breed, they are very sociable and love nothing more than being around their 'hoomans'. Their high energy levels also mean that they need daily walkies, playtime and exercise in order to remain fit and healthy! They also have the potential to get on well with children, so long as they are socialised from a young age.
Fun Fact: They were first introduced to England during the 18th century!
|Kennel Club Group||Gundog|
|Lifespan||12 - 14 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 51 cm – 61 cm, Females 48 cm – 56 cm|
|Weight||Males 20 kg – 27 kg, Females 16 kg – 22 kg|
|Coat||Coats are Both Short and Coarse|
|Colour||White and Yellow, Yellow, Light Brown, Brown, White and Light Brown|
|Eye colour||Dark Brown or Light Brown|
|Other Names||Perdigueiro Portugues, Portuguese Pointing Dog|
These doggies are known for their love of 'hoomans' and dedication to their families. They are extremely gentle in nature and would never act out on aggression. They don't bark a lot, but when they do it's only for good reason and has the potential to scare away any unwanted strangers! These guys are also extremely energetic and so would best suit a family who already lead an active lifestyle that a doggy would easily be able to slot into. They also need a large garden that they will be able to stretch their legs in! Overall though, they make lovely family pets and have the potential to provide you with years of joy!
Portuguese Pointers come from the ever so slightly obvious, Portugal! They are also said to be thousands of years old and were originally bred to assist in bird hunting. Nowadays, they still make fantastic gun dogs but equally make just as lovely family pets. Supposedly, these doggies are descendants of an ancient Iberian hunting dog, which dates back to the 12 century. In the 18th century the breed became popular with the 'common people' as opposed to being originally favoured by royals. However, as the country hit hard times, so did the breed and it was only due to breed enthusiasts that they survive today.