Majorcan Pointer

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Spain
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Majorcan Pointer

The Majorcan Pointer is little known outside their native Majorca. These Pointer-type dogs are used by local sportsmen to hunt game. Considered a rare breed, they were once thought to be extinct until small pockets of them were found on Mallorca. Intelligent dogs, they are pensive, right-footed and like to consult their master.

History of the Majorcan Pointer

The Majorcan Pointer is derived from other Pointers native to the Navarre region of Spain and the Iberian Peninsula. Dogs of the same type but with slight differences are widespread in the region, each subtly adapted to life in this specific niche. Although the exact origins of these ancient breeds of pointers are not known, their origins go back many centuries. Indeed, go back far enough and, in centuries past, they may have shared a common ancestor in the now extinct Talbot Hound.

Appearance of the Majorcan Pointer

The Majorcan Pointer is unmistakably a Pointer, though perhaps a little taller and longer in the leg than other typical Pointers. He's a particularly attractive type, not only because he's well-proportioned, but also because of his gentle gaze. These attentive eyes are framed by triangular drop ears, soft and velvety to the touch. The Majorcan Pointer has a medium to long muzzle and deep chest. These are suited to its needs as a working dog, used for tracking and chasing game. He's a long-legged, lean and athletic type, with a high waist at the withers. Then, of course, there's his tail. Straight and like a whip, when he's located his prey, he holds it long and flat to signal to his master. The Majorcan Pointer is a short-haired dog. It comes in a range of colors, including partially colored white with liver or bronze markings or as a solid caramel coat.

Temperament of the Majorcan Pointer

The Majorcan Pointer was bred as a hunting dog. He excels at finding and flushing game, then uses a gentle mouth to bring home the prize. He's an observant dog, noticing what's going on around him and taking cues from his master. When on the hunt, the Majorcan Pointer watches his master to guide him. Unlike Terriers or other hunting dogs, they don't stray very far. Instead, he prefers to work as a unit with his master, staying close by. His gentle mouth and enthusiasm for teamwork make him an excellent dog for the active family.

Needs and activities of the Majorcan Pointer

The Majorcan Pointer needs plenty of space to move around and is not suited to the couch potato lifestyle. He likes to be active and does his best when he has a task to accomplish as part of a team with his owner. As such, he makes an excellent agility dog or will excel in other sports where man and dog work together. The Majorcan Pointer is more of a slow, steady endurance dog than a sprinter. When given the chance, he likes to walk rather than gallop. However, he needs to be active, but would like a walk over a run.

Maintenance of the Majorcan Pointer

The Majorcan Pointer has a short coat that's easy to care for and doesn't require a trip to the grooming salon. Like all dogs, he benefits from regular brushing to keep his skin and coat in perfect condition. This is a dog that sheds moderately, but again, regular brushing is helpful so that he picks up hair on the brush rather than on the sofa.

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