Portuguese Setter

This breed of gun dog, mainly used in Red-legged partridge hunting, has its roots as an ancient Iberian hunting dog in Portugal dating back to the 12th century. Initially a popular hunting dog for the lower class, this Portuguese hunting breed later went to England where it was part of the beginnings of the English Pointer. It became all but extinct when in the 1920s, breeders brought it back into popularity.

The Portuguese Setter is a consistent breed: for 1,000 years it has looked virtually the same, with a square head, compact body and triangle-shaped ears. The coarse coat can be yellow or light brown punctuated by white markings. It can grow between 20 and 22 inches tall and weigh between 44 and 60 pounds for males, while females can weigh between 35 and 46 pounds. With a medium, strong tail that's level with the back when happy or excited, this dog features a square build. Personality: This affectionate and friendly dog is extremely attentive and does well as a family pet. Portuguese Setters are characterized by speed and agility, plus they're highly intelligent and enjoy the thrill of the hunt. They are obedient, kind and submissive, yet versatile when needed. As a gentle and affectionate breed, this dog needs constant physical attention, with plenty of petting and playtime. Portuguese Setters will do all they can to obey their master and please him. However, sometimes their physicality can get overbearing and border on the inappropriate side. They have a high need for plenty of exercise, especially in a large, open yard. This breed does not do well in an apartment where it cannot get outside for a good portion of the day. As such, a big family home with an even bigger yard in the suburbs is ideal for this type of dog.

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Life Span
12 - 14 years
Other Names
The Portuguese Pointer, Perdigueiro Português, Portuguese Setter

Portuguese Setter Build Information

Size
Large

The Portuguese Setter is a consistent breed: for 1,000 years it has looked virtually the same, with a square head, compact body and triangle-shaped ears. The coarse coat can be yellow or light brown punctuated by white markings. It can grow between 20 and 22 inches tall and weigh between 44 and 60 pounds for males, while females can weigh between 35 and 46 pounds. With a medium, strong tail that's level with the back when happy or excited, this dog features a square build.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level

This affectionate and friendly dog is extremely attentive and does well as a family pet. Portuguese Setters are characterized by speed and agility, plus they're highly intelligent and enjoy the thrill of the hunt. They are obedient, kind and submissive, yet versatile when needed. As a gentle and affectionate breed, this dog needs constant physical attention, with plenty of petting and playtime. Portuguese Setters will do all they can to obey their master and please him.

However, sometimes their physicality can get overbearing and border on the inappropriate side.

They have a high need for plenty of exercise, especially in a large, open yard. This breed does not do well in an apartment where it cannot get outside for a good portion of the day. As such, a big family home with an even bigger yard in the suburbs is ideal for this type of dog.

Appearance

Shedding
Little
Grooming
Low maintenance

This dog is low maintenance when it comes to grooming, although it should be rubbed down and brushed every three or so days to keep their coats looking shiny. If you have a long-hair variety, brush more often to keep out the tangles and dirt. Don't neglect the ears, as the fur is long there.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy to train
  • The Portuguese Setter, designated in the Sporting Group, dates back to the 12th century when Portuguese navigators took this dog along on their ship travels when they discovered the Americas, according to the American Kennel Club
  • They were used in the formation of popular breeds we see today, such as the Labrador Retriever and English Pointer
  • The Portuguese Setter is also known as the Portuguese Pointer or Perdigueiro Português
  • The Portuguese Setter can live between 12 and 14 years

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Common Health Conditions in Portuguese Setters

The only major common health issue with this breed is its tendency toward albinism.

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