The Portuguese Pointer (Perdigueiro Português) can be traced back to the 14th Century where the breed is depicted in portraits of hunting scenes, often working at the end of a long rope which was usual in the pointing dogs of the time. He remains, to this day, one of the most popular hunting dogs in Portugal and Spain and in other parts of Europe. It is believed that Portuguese Pointers were brought to England in the 18th century and are ancestors of the Pointer.
The Portuguese Pointer is athletically built with a well-sculptured head and large open nostrils. Whilst traditionally docked in the past, even in its native Portugal it is now possible to see unlocked Portuguese Pointers.
Whilst being primarily a pointing breed, the Portuguese Pointer retrieves instinctively with a soft mouth in or out of water. The most frequently seen color is fawn, with or without white markings.