Portuguese Pointing Dog

Other name: Perdigueiro Português

Photo: adult dog of Portuguese Pointing Dog breed
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Life expectancy

The Portuguese Pointing Dog has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 19 and 22 in
Male Between 20 and 24 in

Adult weight

Female Between 35 and 49 lb
Male Between 44 and 60 lb
Coat colour
Type of coat
Short Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Portuguese Pointing Dog costs between £800 and £1000

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More details about the Portuguese Pointing Dog

Portuguese Pointing Dog: Origins and history

Bred from ancient Iberian hunting dogs, the Portuguese Pointer became very popular during the 18th century. While the ruling nobility preferred more fashionable hunting breeds, many ”commoners” saw the potential of this under-appreciated gun dog. During this time, English wine merchants moved into the Oporto region of Northern Portugal. They also spotted the dog’s excellent tracking skill and began exporting the breed to the UK. Unfortunately, like many hunting breeds, its numbers diminished during the first half of the 20th century. New technologies and wide-spread industrialisation made many of these dogs redundant, pushing them to the brink of extinction. However, a group of diligent dog lovers rounded up the surviving dogs and established breeding clubs in the UK and Northern Portugal. Although still rare, the breed’s numbers are slowly rising. 

FCI classification of the Portuguese Pointing Dog

  • Group 7 - Pointing Dogs

  • Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs

Training a Portuguese Pointing Dog

Very easy to train, even for an inexperienced owner. Just stick to the basics - reward based training that includes lots of treats and praise. 

Portuguese Pointing Dog: Purchase price

The initial cost of a Portuguese Pointer puppy is between £800 to £1,000. The average cost to keep one of these dogs (including vet bills, insurance, and food) is between £70 to £120 a month.

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