Let's talk Perdiguero de Burgos dogs

A pointer from way back, the Perdiguero de Burgos is a dog celebrated for their fearlessness in the field throughout their native Spain and has over time become a cherished pet to many as well. Their considerable size and smarts are a winning combination for this breed but their calm and placid demeanour makes for easy-going downtime at home.

Official name: Perdiguero de Burgos

Other names: Burgos Pointer, Burgos Pointing Dog, Burgalese Pointer, Braque de Burgos

Origins: Spain

Close-up of Perdiguero De Burgos looking up in black and white

 Drooling tendencies:

Warm weather?
 Shedding level:
Suited to apartment living?  Very low
 Physical activity needs (high, low, medium): Moderate Kid-friendly? 
 Compatibility with other pets: Medium
Can stay alone? Very low

We advise against leaving pets alone for long stretches.
Companionship can prevent emotional distress and destructive behaviour.
Speak to your veterinarian for recommendations.

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 Baby age  Birth to 2 months
 Puppy age  2 to 15 months
 Adult age  15 months to 5 years
 Mature age  5 to 8 years
 Senior age  from 8 years


Get to know the Perdiguero de Burgos

All you need to know about the breed

Docile and upbeat, the Perdiguero de Burgos is an ancient Spanish hunting dog who is the pride of their country. They originated in rugged mountainous terrain helping hunters chase all manner of game, large and small. Today the dog is also considered a trusty companion breed, very devoted, and fairly courageous.

Robust and quick-witted Perdiguero de Burgos dogs are mild-mannered once their energy needs are met - they like to have a job to do and are ready to hang by your side when the day is done. Tummy rubs? Don’t mind if I do.

The Perdiguero de Burgos can be a great dog for families, despite their legacy as a busy field dog. It’s all that together time while out that makes them want to bond while in. They do have a strong prey drive though, so watch them around smaller animals. The breed is outstanding with children, once trained, remaining gentle and steadfast in their presence.

Close-up of Perdiguero De Burgos looking up


2 facts about Perdiguero de Burgos dogs

1. Just two colours, please

Many breeds come in a variety of colourations but the coat of the Perdiguero de Burgos appears in only two: liver and white. There are occasional flecks on the dog’s coat - called ticking - as well as larger spots here and there, but other than that, its hues always stay true.

2. Pointing in the right direction

It’s a wonder of nature but pointing dogs really do point. The Perdiguero de Burgos, like his fellow pointers, will by instinct freeze, aim their muzzle toward game with one front paw up, lift a leg and extend his tail straight out, pointing the way for their owners to take over. It’s all instinct, and always a delight to watch.


History of the breed

One of Spain’s premiere hunting breeds, the Perdiguero de Burgos dates to the 15th century, originating on the Iberian Peninsula. They are said to descend from the Sabuesa Espanol and the Old Spanish Pointer. More concrete records see the breed’s history at the start of the 17th century. A reliable dog used for hunting due to their robust size, they became skilled in pointing and retrieving as well.

During the 1930s and 1940s, with both World War II and the Spanish Civil War, the breed suffered so much that it very nearly became extinct. Thanks to a few passionate breeders, the stock survived and is treasured to this day. The Perdiguero de Burgos remains fairly uncommon outside of their home country however, due to litters being kept small and controlled.

The Perdiguero de Burgos was recognised by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1954.

Side view of Perdiguero De Burgos in black and white


From head to tail

Physical characteristics of Perdiguero de Burgos dogs

1. Ears

Long triangular ears, hanging to side of head, soft in texture.

2. Body

Substantial, powerful and agile body, strong neck.

3. Coat

Moderately thick, short, tight coat in signature liver-and-white colour.


Things to look out for

From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Perdiguero de Burgos


Caring for your Perdiguero de Burgos

Grooming, training and exercise tips

The short, dense coat of the Perdiguero de Burgos is a simple one to groom, keeping in good shape with a weekly brushing. Despite spending much time outside, they’ll only need the occasional bath. Inspect their long ears for dirt and clean as needed as they can easily pick up debris in the great outdoors (their favourite place). Trim their nails and brush their teeth often as well to eliminate harmful tartar. Exercising the Perdiguero de Burgos is super simple: Just open the door. As a traditional sporting breed, they’ll need lots of room to run around so make sure you have enough land to help this dog stretch their legs. Firm but fair training is the name of the game when it comes to the Perdiguero de Burgos. This is a dog who prefers an owner who is calm, like they are, and can deliver commands to them with a good dose of respect. Doing so will result in a well-mannered dog, the best kind to have around. And watch their prey drive, which can be high so smaller animals should be kept at a safe distance, or minimal, if possible.


All about Perdiguero de Burgos dogs

Pointing! The Perdiguero de Burgos has kept from their hunting origins the keen ability to point out game in any field, which may even be the backyard. They’re a devoted sport dog that will instinctively settle down, lift a paw and their tail to alert owners as to the critter’s location.

Despite their history as a rugged breed, the Perdiguero de Burgos can make a great family pal. This top-shelf canine enjoys bonding with their humans immensely, their laid-back approach to life proving the ideal fit for the family who wants a companionable canine.


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