Perro de Punta Español
Spanish Pointer from 1915.JPG
Old Spanish Pointer in 1915
Other namesOld Spanish Pointer
Spanish Pointer
Old Spanish Perro de Punta
Braco Español
OriginSpain
Breed statusExtinct
Traits
Height The average height span is 23 to 26 inches.
Dogs Males, however, are 24 to 26.
Bitches Females are 23 to 26, which accounts for them weighing slightly less than the male.
Weight Generally weigh between 55 and 65 pounds.
Dogs The male is also between the 55 and 65 range, but is more toward the top around 60 to 65.
Bitches The female weight lies within the range mentioned above, but is more towards the bottom around 55 to 60.
Life span 12 to 15 years
Dog (domestic dog)

The Old Spanish Pointer, or Perro de Punta Español, is an extinct breed (or landrace) of dog originating in Spain, believed to be the ultimate ancestor of almost all pointing dogs.

History

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In 1644, Alonso Martínez de Espinar described the forerunner of the modern pointers as "a very hard-working animal, with an inexhaustible agility which endures running from morning to night without stopping. Some are so light that they seem to fly above the ground and skillfully tracking and stopping at the spot where the bird is which is being hunted by those behind them."[1]

Although Spain is the origin of the pointing dogs, the British most often mentioned the Spanish Pointer and brought the dogs to England in the 17th and 18th centuries.[2][better source needed] Stonehengue, a pointer cinófilo scholar, wrote in the late 19th century, that the dog was selectively bred to be faster by only using lighter and faster specimens.

David Taylor, a veterinary who runs an international veterinary organization, stated that the Spanish Pointer was introduced in Britain and crossed with Greyhounds and English Foxhounds, resulting in the English Pointer.[3][4]

Similarly, in Germany in the 17th century, the German Shorthaired Pointer was the result of crossing German hounds, Spanish Pointers and Bloodhounds.

The pachón navarro is generally seen as the dog breed most closely resembling the Old Spanish Pointer.[5]

Last records

The Spanish Pointer by John Buckler (c. 1799). Currently, this painting is in the Yale Center for British Art in Connecticut, US.
The Spanish Pointer by John Buckler (c. 1799). Currently, this painting is in the Yale Center for British Art in Connecticut, US.

The oldest recorded painting of the Spanish Pointer in England is a painting by Peter Tillemans, created in 1725.

Stories report that during the Spanish Civil War, a Portuguese merchant took one Spanish Pointer from Spain and gifted it to Baron Bichel of Norfolk.

The dog exists in Spain under the name Perdiguero de Burgos.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ Chapter XXXVII of Arte de Cetrería
  2. ^ ""Perros De Muestra Españoles", TrofeoCaza.com". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-01-06.
  3. ^ "El Perro de punta español", Los Pointers de Alcatea
  4. ^ Taylor, David. ''The Big Book of the Dog''
  5. ^ http://www.pachonnavarro.com/contenidos/pdf/Estandar/patron_a.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  1. ^ Arkwright, William (1906). The Pointer and His Predecessors: An Illustrated History of the Pointing Dog from the Earliest Times. A. L. Humphreys. The Pointer And Its Predecessors.