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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.

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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