Portuguese Pointer

The Portuguese Pointer is one of the smaller dogs to feature in the gundog group and is quite a rare breed here in the UK. It is a medium sized, athletic dog with a short coat that sits close to the body.

Portuguese Pointer breed group


Size of the Portuguese Pointer


Colour varieties of the Portuguese Pointer

This distinctive gundog is commonly seen in 2 colour variations:

  • Yellow
  • Yellow and white

Country of origin


Time of original development

The Portuguese Pointer can be traced back to the 14th century, arriving in the UK in the 18th century. This breed was created to produce an efficient working dog to retrieve game birds from both land and water. It remains a popular dog in Spain and Portugal today.

Portuguese Pointer introduction and overview

The Portuguese Pointer is soft-mouthed dog making it ideal fro retrieving game birds from both land and water. It’s a keen and competent swimmer, and enjoys being around water. The coat acts as a protective barrier against the elements. The breed has all the classic traits of the pointers we’re more familiar with in the U.K. being intelligent, likes company and a placid, affectionate yet sensitive temperament.

Size and weight of the Portuguese Pointer

Height bitch 48-60cms

Height dog 48-60cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 16-21kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 20-27kgs

Exercise requirements of the Portuguese Pointer

Medium. The Portuguese Pointer is one of dogs in the gundog group that doesn’t require the vast amounts of exercise as many other breeds in this athletic group. However, you should expect to be able to offer at least an hour of good quality exercise, preferably off lead to keep this dog satisfied and stimulated.

Portuguese Pointer temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

Portuguese Pointers are thought to be good family pets, and with early socialisation should mix well with children. They tend to be a little shy at first with dogs they don’t know, but sociable when familiar with dogs and people around them. Care should be taken around smaller pets due to their natural hunting instincts.

Is the Portuguese Pointer a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The breed is easy to train and a quick learner, and one of the smaller dogs in the gundog group. However, finding a puppy may prove difficult for this newly imported breed, as only 14 dogs were registered with the Kennel Club in the whole year of 2015.

Portuguese Pointer coat length

Short. The coat is flat, short and dense making the breed easy to maintain.

Grooming requirements of the Portuguese Pointer

Low. The short coat requires little grooming to keep in good condition. A simple brush over with a soft good quality bristle brush once a week will keep the coat shiny and healthy looking.

Ears should be checked regularly for any signs of soreness or infection, and cleaned with a medicated dog ear cleaner.


No. The breed sheds throughout the year and therefore not suitable for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Portuguese Pointer

The breed is generally fairly healthy but the following health issues have been noted in the breed, so consult your breeder:

  • Bloat
  • Eye problems
  • Ear problems

Average lifespan of the Portuguese Pointer

A healthy dog should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of around 10-14 years.

Approximate Portuguese Pointer pedigree puppy price

Puppies are rarely available and no current information is available on the price of pedigree puppies, however litters tend to be produce around 7-8 puppies.

Estimating how much a Portuguese Pointer would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 20kgs requires 285gms of complete dry food per day. A dog weighing 25gs requires 330gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is around £7.00

The weekly cost of feeding a dog is around £8.00

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

This is an estimate only, and doesn’t allow for higher activity levels of working dogs who may need above average amount of food due to higher activity levels.

Other necessary costs and regular expenses to consider when owning any dog

Remember to budget for other necessary routine costs and procedures for your dog that are not covered by general pet insurance:

  • Worming preparations
  • Flea treatments
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Dental treatments
  • Neutering/spaying

Many veterinary practices now operate monthly budget schemes to allow you to spread the cost over the year.