The Portuguese pointer is one of the smallest hunt point and retrieve breeds. Believed to descend from the Spanish pointer, it was used in the Middle Ages to hunt and indicate small game birds, especially partridge, alongside the hawk or falcon.
It has a broad square head, marked stop, triangular ears, compact body and course coat in shades of yellow. It is an enthusiastic and dedicated hunter that works closely with its handler and is eager to please. This gundog is considered an affectionate companion in the home and good with children if brought up with them. It can be shy with strangers and aloof towards other dogs.
This gundog is well-adapted to the terrains and climate of Portugal, where it is still used to hunt and point game birds. In the UK it can be used for rough shooting, falconry, and beating or picking up at shoots. It excels at canine sports like agility and flyball.