Portuguese Pointer Club of America
The Portuguese pointer (perdigueiro Português) arose from the ancient Iberian hunting dogs with his
presence in Portugal traceable to the early Twelfth Century. Initially the dog was bred in the royal kennels and
later became a very popular hunting dog for the lower classes of society. In the Eighteenth Century, many
English families established a presence in the region of Oporto in the business of wine production and came
to know the Portuguese hunting breed which was taken to England where they played a part in the origin of
social hardships, the breed began a progressive decline. It was not until the 1920's when some breeders
made an effort to salvage the breed by locating some of the ancient Portuguese dogs in the inaccessible
north of Portugal. The Portuguese pedigree book was then established in 1932 and breed standard in 1938.
For at least a thousand years, this dog has always had the same square head, a marked stop, triangular ears
and compact look.