PORTUGUESE POINTING DOG
Portuguese Kennel Club. Revised by Jennifer
Mulholland & Renée Sporre-Willes.
DATE OF PUBLICATION
OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD
Group 7 – Pointing Dogs.
Section 1.1 – Continental Pointing Dogs.
With working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY
The Portuguese Pointing Dog originates from the Iberian Peninsula,
descending from the old Peninsular Pointing Dog, a common ancestor to
other pointing dogs. It evolved by adapting to the climate, terrain and
game and from the selection imposed by the socio-cultural specificity
of the Portuguese, who have been breeding it for centuries for hunting
The breed conserved the morphological and functional traits similar to
those existing nowadays.
Its existence in Portugal can be traced back to at least the 12th
century. In the 14th century it was known as the “podengo de mostra”,
already showing the capacity for pointing game. It was bred in the
royal and nobility kennels and used in falconry.
In the 16th century, already named “perdigueiro” (from “perdiz” the
common Portuguese name for partridge), it was frequently used by
The definition of the current traits and dissemination by a group of
breeders and hunters began in the first quarter of the 20th century.
Medium sized dog, rectilinear, bracoïd type, strong but with an
harmonious construction combined with great suppleness of movement.
Seen from the side, the topline and underline form an elegant outline.
Square, or almost square body. The skull to muzzle ratio is 6:4; height
at withers to depth of chest is 2:1.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT
Extremely kind and affectionate, hardy, capable of great endurance and
devotion. Calm and very sociable, but somewhat haughty towards other
Curious by nature, works with persistence and vivacity. Always a keen
hunting dog that stays in close contact with the hunter.
In proportion to the size of the body, well built and harmonious in
dimension, it gives the impression of being larger than it is. Slightly
bulky, neither bony nor fleshy. Covered with loose, thin skin and
Rectilinear in profile and square when seen from the front. Convergent
longitudinal superior cranium-facial axes.
Skull: Square, almost flat top line when seen from the front and
slightly arched in profile, with a length that should not exceed 6/10
of the total head length, therefore with 60% cephalic index.
Seen from the front the forehead is almost flat, high, wide and
symmetrical, slightly arched in profile. Well developed superciliary
arches. Wide and not very deep frontal furrow. Barely perceptible
Stop: Well defined (90-100º).
Nose: The angle between the nasal bridge and the upper lip is
of good conformation, well developed with large wet and wide open
Muzzle: Rectilinear and horizontal, adequately broad, with the
width over its length which is 4/10 of the head length.
Lips: Pendulous upper lips, square in profile, at a right angle
the nasal bridge, semicircular at the tip when seen in profile; seen
from the front, forming a sharp angle in the inferior edge; they join
the lower lips by loose, folded commissures, with drooping corners.
Averagely cut mouth, with irregularly pigmented (mucous) membranes,
should have a normal occlusion allowing normal overlapping of the upper
Jaws/Teeth: Healthy, correct and full dentition, with scissors
Cheeks: Parallel. Barely perceptible retro-commissural fold,
parotid area (i.e. Well filled out under ear).
Eyes: Expressive, lively, brown, of a darker colour than the
shaped tending to round, biggish but not too big, level set and filling
the orbit. Thin and wide open lids, with black pigmentation.
Ears: Set above the level of the eyes on the rear part of the
hanging, almost flat surface with one or two longitudinal folds when
attentive, triangular, much wider at the base than at the tip in a
proportion of 2.5 to 1, and with rounded tip. The length of the ears
should be slightly superior to that of the skull. Thin, smooth, covered
with thin, dense and very short hair.
Straight, slightly arched in the upper third part, length not inferior
to the head length, not very thick and with a short dewlap in the
throat. It should join the head gracefully at an angle of approximately
90º and the connection between neck and body should not be accentuated.
Top line: Rectilinear, rising slightly from croup to withers.
Withers: Not very high.
Back: Short, broad, rectilinear and slightly sloping down to the
to which it joins well.
Loin: Short, very broad, with strong muscles, slightly arched
connected to the croup.
Croup: Of proportional width in relation to the loin, of
conformation with a slightly oblique axis slightly sloping down.
Chest: Deep and broad, with good thorax width, more developed in
and depth than in width, reaching the elbow. Well sprung ribs in the
upper section and very broad. Considering the girth and in
cross-section, the chest and its bordering ribs appear
horseshoe-shaped, with both ends meeting sternum.
Underline and belly: Slightly uprising from sternum to groin. The slim
belly joins the hip in a circumference arch; the distance separating
the hip from the last rib gives the flank a short and well coupled
Natural: Of medium length, not reaching below the hock.
medium set, thick at the base and slightly tapering to the tip. Well
set in perfect continuity with the line of the croup. At rest it hangs
naturally, but never between the thighs. In motion, it rises
horizontally or slightly above the topline but never vertically or
sickle-shaped. Wagging from side to side.
Docked: In order to cover the genitals without surpassing them.
FOREQUARTERS: Straight when seen from the front and perfectly
to the main line of the body. Seen from the sides, upright and giving
an overall appearance of great stability, support and natural ease of
Shoulder: Long; with medium inclination, well set and quite
muscled. 120º scapula-humerus angle.
Upper arm: Close to the chest. Its length is in accordance with
shoulder blade and the angulation is proportionate.
Elbow: Separated from the chest by the armpit, clean, well let
equal distance to the main line of the body, neither turned in or out.
150º humerus-radius angle.
Forearm: Set off from the body, long, straight and perpendicular
ground, when seen from front or sides.
Carpus (Pastern joint): In perfect continuity to the forearm.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Broad, slightly sloping.
Forefeet: Proportional to the size of the limb, tending to be
rather than long, but without resembling cat-feet. Well formed toes,
tight, uniform and robust to give good support. Strong and well
developed pads, with black, thick, hard and resistant hide. Strong
nails, hard and preferably black.
HINDQUARTERS: Upright when seen from the back and perfectly
the main body line, with normal uprightness when seen from sides.
Thigh: Long, broad, well muscled. Buttocks shaped in a more or
accentuated curve, long and with a slightly elastic musculature. 95º
Stifle joint: Slightly below the belly, but not too far from it.
Slightly prominent and slightly turned out. 120º femur-tibia angle.
Second thigh: Well placed, the length being proportional to the
of the thigh, its obliquity should be in proportion with the slope of
Hock: Sufficiently open and well placed, clean, broad and thick.
Metatarsus (rear pastern): Of medium height, vertical, almost
cylindrical, of even thickness and lean.
Hind feet: Identical to the forefeet, but slightly longer.
With normal stride, easy and elegant. Polyvalent in its work and quite
adaptable to diverse ground, weather and game, the movement switches
between a simple suspension gallop and an extended, easy and rhythmic
HAIR: Short, hard, close, harsh and dense, covering the body
with the exception of the armpits, groin, perianal and genital regions
where is more sparse and softer. It is thinner and shorter on the head,
especially on the ears, which have a velvety look. Without undercoat.
COLOUR: Yellow of light, medium and dark shades, solid or with
patches on the head, neck, chest, lower extremity of limbs, below the
elbows and hocks and tip of tail when undocked.
HEIGHT AND WEIGHT
Height at the withers:
Males: 56 cm +/- 4 cm.
Females: 52 cm +/- 4 cm.
Males: 20-27 Kg.
Females: 16-22 Kg.
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.
Head: Skull/muzzle ratio slightly different from 6/4. Narrow.
occipital protuberance. Very developed frontal sinus. Pronounced
frontal furrow. Presence of wrinkles.
Nose: Any colour other than black.
Muzzle: Short or long.
Lips: Upper lips not square. Commissure not perceptible.
pigmentation of the mucous membranes.
Teeth: Pincer bite.
Eyes: Small, light, inexpressive; too round.
Ears: Of medium set, very big or very small, pointed tip.
Neck: Too short. Without dewlap or too much dewlap.
Body: Poor development of the chest.
Tail: Too short when natural, too low set or with atypical
(vertical or sickle-shaped).
Limbs and feet: Turned in or out, splayed feet.
Coat: Soft hair.
Behaviour: Too shy.
Head: Skull-muzzle relation very different from 6/4. Barely
stop, parallel longitudinal superior cranium-facial axes.
Eyes: Slanted. Squinting (east-west/cross-eyed).
Ears: Fleshy, low set, excessively folded or curling.
Body: Saddled or roached top line. Croup too sloping. Body too
round thorax. Tucked up belly.
Coat: White patches outside the limits set by the standard.
Size: Oversized or undersized.
Behaviour: Aggressive or overly shy.
Head: Atypical with convex muzzle, too long or too short, skull
narrow. Divergent longitudinal superior cranium-facial axes.
Nose: Total lack of pigmentation.
Jaws: Undershot or overshot.
Eyes: Uneven in shape or size, of different colours. Wall eye,
Deafness: Congenital or acquired.
Body: Completely atypical, showing signs of crossbreeding to
Coat: Different from breed type.
Colour: Albinism. Any other colour than the described type.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be
N.B.: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.