Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: Male: 18-27, Female: 16-25
Height: Male: 21-22, Female: 20-21
Origin of Name: A Portuguese Pointer, is a breed of dog developed as a gun dog.
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The Portuguese indicator originated in the Iberian Peninsula. Its existence in Portugal can be traced back to the 12th century. It was originally designed to be used in hawk in royal eunuchs and is still used by hawk in Portugal today. In the 16th century, the term came to be known as Perdissiro, which derives from the Portuguese word "Pardes" from "Neveras". During the 18th century, many English families in the wine production business established a presence in the region of Oporto and came to know the Portuguese hunting breed, which was later taken to England where they played a role in the origins of the English pointer. However, during the 19th century, when Portugal was experiencing considerable social difficulties, the breed began a progressive decline. It was not until 1920 that some breeders attempted to revive the breed by locating some of the ancient Portuguese dogs in the inaccessible north of Portugal. The Portuguese genealogy book was established in 1932 and the breed standard in 1938. Today, at least a thousand years later, the breed still retains many of the same metamorphic and functional traits as its ancestors.