Perdiguero de Burgos FCI Standard
No matter when the Burgos Pointing Dog was bred for the first time it was honed over generations to become an outstanding sporting breed. Throughout its history it was mostly used to hunt deer. Fairly recently it has been adapted to point and retrieve smaller quarry, for example a hare, a quail and a partridge. The dog is extremely tenacious in its pursuit and possesses an excellent scenting ability. From the first impression it may seem somewhat clumsy but it’s actually able to move really fast and to easily overcome rough and hilly terrain. This docile breed also frequently plays a role of a family dog in its native country.
The population of the Burgos Pointing Dog shrunk significantly in the 30s of the XIX century when Spain was involved in the civil war. Apart from obvious hardships of the war time that influenced dogs as well as humans best specimens of this breed were also exported in numbers to Germany. Consequently by the late 60s of the XX century the Spanish Canine Society registered approximately dozen Burgos Pointing dogs each year. Moreover these dogs were of inadequate quality due to their heavy inbreeding.
In 1972 José Manuel Sanz Timón began an intensive breeding program to restore the former glory of the dog in its homeland. He combed the region of Castilla y León to locate any pureblood members, which was suitable for his goals. By the beginning of the 1980s Sanz Timón established a few separate bloodlines, which meant that the future well-being of the Burgos Pointing Dog has been completely secured.
In the recent years the Burgos Pointing Dog experiences an increase in popularity in Spain but this dog can be rarely seen outside this country. The breed hasn’t yet gained any international recognition.
The Burgos Pointing Dog has a reputation of a fairly affable breed so it’s rather quick to make friends with new people. On first acquaintance majority of specimens displays cool and reserved demeanour but soon they will actively try to invite a new friend to play with it. This dog should receive a proper training to make a reasonable watchdog. Anyway it’s too friendly and outgoing to become a good guardian.
The breed hasn’t been noticed in any type of canine aggression and will gladly share its existence with one or more of other dogs. It can also be introduced in the households with other living dog with minimal problems. The Burgos Pointing Dog is characterised with well-developed hunting instinct so other species of animals will never be safe around it. Moreover some individual specimens will never be able to put up with a home cat even if they have been living together since an early age.
• eyes problems;
• canine hip dysplasia.
The feet of the dog should be checked for the signs of any splinters or thorns. Its ears also require regular examination and cleaning. The Burgos Pointing Dog sheds moderately.
The Burgos Pointing Dog demands only basic training in order to become a superb hunter and it’s actually capable of working in wide array of conditions including water. The only stimulus, which give results in its training, is gentle encouragement and favourite dogs’ treats. It isn’t recommended to use abusive methods while working with this dog because of its complete ineffectiveness.
On the whole this breed does best in the countryside where it is allowed to run unrestrained. Without sufficient amount of physical activity the Burgos Pointing Dog is prone to become restless, unreasonably nervous and sometimes even aggressive.