Portuguese Bracco, specialized in partridges, is a hunting dog with many names but the original is perdigueiro portugues, needless to say, in Portuguese since he comes from this land of the sun. The Portuguese hound also in Italian we find it as a Portuguese pointer, also, as an alias, and in the rest of Europe it is gradually called chien d’arrêt portugais, Portugiesischer Hühnerhund, Portuguese Pointing Dog.
With so many names, he always remains himself, an affectionate and sincere, intelligent and loyal dog, highly regarded for his hunting skills. He is a methodical seeker, a versatile hunter, suitable for all types of terrain and climate.
Portuguese Bracco: origins
The ancestors of the Portuguese hound they are said to come from the East. Knowing the historical events of Portugal it is easy to believe, and its origins are very ancient: it was certainly already present in Portugal since the fourteenth century. The most accredited hypothesis on the breeds that by crossing gave birth to this breed tells of a mating between the mastiff of Navarre and the hound of Burgos.
Between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Portuguese hound, was also well known in France and Great Britain as well as widespread throughout the Portuguese territory, initially raised in the royal kennel, then seen ashunting dog even for more popular classes. He found himself a guest not only in palaces but also in humbler houses of people belonging to the less wealthy classes of society.
How he got out of Portugal is easy to say: in the eighteenth century there were many English families were located in the region of Porto, engaged in the production of wine. While hanging out in the area they noticed our friend Portuguese hound and they took him home.
Those centuries were not good times for the breed which had a bad time as a spread until the 1900s when some farmers identified the original strain and decided to recover and revive it. The first morphological standard of the Portuguese hound it arrives in fact thanks to their beautiful taciturn work, in 1931, the official one in 1938. It then took years to see theAssociation of Portuguese pointers (APP), founded in 1984 and affiliated with the Portuguese Kennel Club but was the first Portuguese breed association to be created in Portugal.
Portuguese Bracco: aspect
The Portuguese hound, or pointer that is to say, is a medium sized hunting dog, at the withers it measures 52-60 cm, the females a little less, and its ideal weight is about 30 kg, no more. Looking into his eyes, face to muzzle, he shows a very marked stop and triangular flat ears with rounded tips.
In general it has a compact and harmonious appearance, as is typical of braccoid dogs like him. It is well proportioned, very active with large movements and a sturdy structure without being massive to bother. The hair of the Portuguese hound it is exclusively short, strong, not very soft and thick. Distributed naturally and evenly over the whole body, you notice that it becomes fine and satin on the head and especially on the ears, there is no undercoat and the possible colors fawn and brown, both plain and with white markings usually located on the head, neck, chest and feet.
The nose, with wide nostrils, must be black in dogs with suede cloak, while in the others it is brown, light or dark, but firm, depending on the hair. The eyes, on the other hand, are always brown, large large and oval, not sunken but not even protruding. The tail of the Portuguese hound it is straight and becomes fine in term, not very hairy.
Portuguese Bracco: character
Awake and attentive, dedicated to his tasks but also affectionate and sociable: the Portuguese hound It is a great pointing dog, also excellent as a companion or family dog. His preferred gait is gallop, moderate or light trot, he shows great strength and in hunting one spirit of sacrifice not at all common among his colleagues.
When it is in the hunting phase it is maintained submissive to the hunter with constant eye contact, he never gives up, he tries tirelessly and methodically, using his nose which rarely betrays him. In domestic version, as a companion dog, the Portuguese hound he shows himself sweet and affectionate, he stops being methodically committed and lets himself be pampered.
It almost never barks and is discreet, correct, does not create problems, just devote a little time and give him daily exercise, like many others hunting dogs: he needs it. With other dogs it is not very friendly, does not attack, but stands on his own, while with human beings, he shows more openness.
Portuguese Bracco: price
A puppy of Portuguese hound has a price that can vary from 250 euros and up, usually do not exceed 500 euros, always with checked documents, pedigrees and vaccines in place. Once you have purchased a Portuguese hound, from a trusted person or breeding, even by contacting a veterinarian to have health guarantees, then we have a dog with us not particularly expensive.
It is in fact one clean breed, educated and easy to maintain, does not create problems and has no particular health problems. In terms of hygiene and beauty, the Portuguese hound it has no pretensions, its average lifespan is 14 years and it adapts to any climate without muttering or barking. If not when his master needs it, never at random. It is methodical, let's not forget it.
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