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  • Temperament: Affectionate, Smart, Energetic
  • Height: 20.5-22 inches
  • Weight: 35-59 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: ~14 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

FCI Standard
Two Portuguese Pointers standing outdoors in sunlight in tall grasses and flowers
©Craig Koshyk
Portuguese Pointer standing in tall grasses and white and yellow flowers
©Craig Koshyk

About the Portuguese Pointer

The Portuguese Pointer is considered a medium-sized dog. As a sporting dog, they have quite a bit of energy, especially when young. Their affectionate nature is so intense that the Portuguese standard describes it as sometimes “inappropriate and inconvenient.” This breed is very hardy and is capable of great endurance and devotion. Calm and very sociable, they can be somewhat haughty towards other dogs. Curious by nature, they work with persistence and vivacity and are always a keen hunter that stays in close contact with his handler.


Club Contact Details

Club: Portuguese Pointer Club of America
Name: Temple DaSilva

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The Portuguese Pointer should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


Portuguese Pointers require minimal grooming due to their short, tight coats, but they all seem to enjoy a nice brushing with a rubber curry-type brush anyway, which also helps remove dead hair. In general, their hard coat is good at repelling dirt, so frequent baths are not needed. Routine attention to nails, teeth, and ears is expected.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Occasional Bath/Brush




The Portuguese Pointer is a sporting dog and as such, enjoys running and hunting, even if it’s just pointing butterflies in the backyard or running on a hike. As they do still retain very strong hunting instincts, off-lead, safe exercise is key to a happy dog, mentally and physically. Young dogs have quite a bit of energy, especially males, but the breed does very well living calmly as a house dog as long as they are allowed daily outdoor exercise.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity


The Portuguese Pointer is an extremely kind and devoted sporting dog. They are very smart and quite easy to train. Due to their very affectionate nature, they can be considered a “soft” dog, often requiring a more gentle approach to training.


May be Stubborn
Eager to Please
Eager to Please




Portuguese Pointers are generally a very robust, healthy breed. There are no health issues specific to the breed, though care should be taken to ensure breeding dogs and their relatives are free of known health issues including seizures, hip dysplasia, and early-onset cancers or autoimmune diseases.


Recommended Health Tests From Parent Club

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Eye Examination
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
Portuguese Pointer
©Craig Koshyk
Portuguese Pointer
Portuguese Pointer
Portuguese Pointer
Portuguese Pointer
Portuguese Pointer


The Portuguese Pointer originated in the Iberian Peninsula. Its existence in Portugal can be traced back to the 12th century. It was originally bred in royal kennels to be used in falconry and is still used by falconers in Portugal today. In the 16th century, it became known as the perdigueiro, deriving this name from the Portuguese word “perdiz” meaning “partridge.” During the 18th century, many English families in the business of wine production established a presence in the region of Oporto and came to know the Portuguese hunting breed, which were then taken to England where they played a part in the origin of the English Pointer. However, during the 19th century, when Portugal was experiencing considerable social hardships, the breed began a progressive decline. It wasn’t until the 1920s that some breeders made an effort to salvage the breed by locating some of the ancient Portuguese dogs in the inaccessible north of Portugal. The Portuguese pedigree book was then established in 1932 and the breed standard in 1938. Today, after at least a thousand years, the breed still retains many of the same conformation and functional traits as its ancestors.

Did You Know?

The Portuguese Pointer has been assigned the Sporting Group designation.
Portuguese Pointers are used both for upland game birds as well as small game in their native Portugal.
Portuguese navigators took the Portuguese Pointer along in their ships during the time of the discovery of the Americas and the breed was used in the formation of popular breeds such as the Labrador Retriever and the English Pointer.
The Portuguese Pointer has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 2005.
The Portuguese Pointer has been approved to compete in AKC Pointer Hunt Tests for Suffix Titles since January 1, 2008.
The Portuguese Pointer has been approved to compete in Companion Events since January 1, 2008.

The Breed Standard

Colors & Markings


Description Standard Colors Registration Code
Light Yellow Check Mark For Standard Color 530
Red Yellow Check Mark For Standard Color 531
Yellow Check Mark For Standard Color 232


Description Standard Markings Registration Code
White Markings Check Mark For Standard Mark 014
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