Portuguese Pointer (Imp)

Last updated February 2015

A breed standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct colour of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. Breeders and judges should at all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or soundness of this breed.

From time to time certain conditions or exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are requested to refer to the Breed Watch information related to this breed for details of any such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However, if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as highly undesirable, it must not be rewarded in the show ring.

General appearance

Of medium size, almost square, well boned and muscled without coarseness or exaggeration. Stylish hunter.


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.

Head and skull

In proportion to the body. Skull to muzzle ratio 3:2. Skull broad, almost flat, slightly arched in profile, neither bony nor fleshy. Planes of skull and muzzle convergent. Occiput not pronounced. Cheeks well filled. Stop very well defined. Muzzle square. Flews slightly pendulous but not excessive and gently rounded when viewed in profile. Corner of lips clearly visible. Nose black and well developed with large, open nostrils. Skin elastic but not wrinkled.


Oval tending to round and quite full, set level and forward facing. Eyes brown, of a darker colour than the coat. Alert and expressive. Eye rims black.


Set high, above the level of the eyes, lying flat to the skull and well back. May show folds when attentive. Triangular, wider at the base and with rounded tip. When pulled forward just covers the eye. Leathers thin, smooth and covered with dense, short hair.


Jaws strong with a perfect regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.


Medium length. Slightly arched and flowing smoothly into withers. Slight dewlap evident.


Shoulders well laid and muscular. Good length and return of upper arm, placing elbows close to the body. Forearm long and straight, pastern slightly sloping.


Withers only slightly marked. Topline sloping gently to croup. Short, broad back with short, well-muscled loin. Ribs well sprung in upper section, tapering gently to the sternum. Chest reaching to the elbow. Underline rising slightly without noticeable tuck up.


Broad and muscular. Gently sloping croup. Well developed first and second thigh. Stifles well bent, hocks well let down and parallel when viewed from behind.


Strong, slightly oval, well padded. Turning neither in nor out. Well-arched toes. Black pads. Nails preferably black. Hind feet slightly longer than front feet.


Undocked: Set on in line with croup. Thick at root, tapering gradually, not reaching below the hock. At rest hangs naturally. Active in motion, carried at or just above line of back, with no upward curl.

Docked: As above, to cover scrotum in dogs and vulva in bitches.


Easy, elegant, with rhythmic trotting action.


Single coat. Short, close, harsh and dense, covering the body evenly. Finer and shorter on the head, particularly on the ears giving a velvety effect.


Yellow of light, medium and dark shades. Solid or with white patches on the head, neck, chest, legs below the elbows and hocks, and tip of undocked tail.


Height at withers: dogs: 54 - 58 cm (21¼ - 22¾ ins); bitches: 50 - 54 cm (19¾ - 21¼ ins). Weight: dogs 20-27 kgs (44 – 59½ lbs); females 16-22 kgs (35½ - 48½ lbs).


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

*Note for prospective puppy buyers

Size – The Kennel Club breed standard is a guide and description of the ideal for the breed; the size as described does not imply that a dog will match the measurements given (height or weight). A dog might be larger or smaller than the size measurements stated in the breed standard.