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Perdiguero de Burgos
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Origin / History The Perdiguero de Burgos, also known as the Spanish Pointer, is said to be a descendant of the Old Spanish Pointer and the Sabueso Español. The Perdiguero de Burgos breed is believed to have been existing since the early 16th century. Dogs of this breed have contributed greatly to the development of various other Pointer breeds, including the Large French Pointer. Today, the Perdiguero de Burgos has become smaller and lighter than it was before, because Spanish breeders exerted great efforts to hone and refine the qualities of this breed as a bird hunting dog.

This breed was in danger of extinction at one point, but it is now becoming more popular in Spain. Hunters are even becoming aware of the many positive qualities of these dogs.

Appearance The Perdiguero de Burgos is a large hunting dog. Dogs of this breed have a large, flat skull that leads into a long, rectangular muzzle. They have a wide, brown nose, and their upper lip hangs down past their bottom lip. Their eyes are small and are light brown in colour, and they have very big, floppy ears. The neck of these dogs have dewlaps leading to their broad shoulders. The chest of these dogs is deep, and they have a sunken stomach. Their legs are muscular but skinny, and their feet are pointed. The coat of these dogs is smooth and sleek, covering their entire body.

Colours The coat of these dogs is liver and white, and may or may not have ticking and patches. Most dogs of this breed have very heavy ticking, giving them the appearance of being grizzled.

Temperament These dogs were used for hunting deer for so many years. Today, though, they are used mainly as pointers and as retrievers of small game such as quail, partridge, and hare. These dogs have an exceptional scenting ability comparable to that of scenthounds, and they are known for being adamant when it comes to following a scent. These dogs are a lot faster and much more athletic than they look. Although they are great as working dogs, they also make good family companions. These dogs get along well with children and other dogs. They are also eager to please their owners, and are very obedient

Height and Weight The height of these dogs ranges from 20 to 25 inches, and their weight falls between 50 and 70 pounds.

Common Health Problems There are no known health problems specifically associated with the Perdiguero de Burgos.

Living Conditions It's not recommended for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. Although they are moderately active when indoors, these dogs still do best with acreage. At the very least, they should be provided with at least a large yard where they can play and do some physical activities.

Exercise Requirements Dogs of this breed need much exercise every day. They should be taken out for long walks daily, and allowing them to run freely in a large, secure area will greatly benefit these dogs. When not provided with enough exercise, they may become restless and destructive.

Training Requirements Their obedience and eagerness to please make these dogs fairly easy to train. Firm and gentle training methods should be used for training these dogs. It's also advisable for these dogs to be properly socialized at an early age.

Life Expectancy These dogs usually live for approximately 12 to 14 years.

Grooming The coat of these dogs should be brushed regularly with a firm bristle brush to get rid of loose and dead hairs. Owners should also check the feet of these dogs after working, and the Perdiguero de Burgos should be dried thoroughly after it has been out hunting. The ears of these dogs should also be examined regularly for infections.

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