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Portuguese Pointer (Imp)


Illustration of Portuguese Pointer (Imp)

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.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.

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