Portuguese Pointer

Breed History / Description

The Portuguese Pointer is one of the smallest pointing breeds, more heavily boned than the Pointer and with a broader head. It is thought that the Spanish Pointer is in his ancestry. Like many of the pointing breeds, before the advent of the gun the Portuguese Pointer was used in conjunction with a hawk, the dog indicating the presence of game with a 'point' and then the hawk was released, to swoop down and kill the quarry.


Hunt point retrieve breed. Always a keen hunter and works with persistence and enthusiasm, staying in close contact with handler. Hardy and capable of great endurance. 


Kind, affectionate, calm and very sociable.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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