Despite his many skills, the numbers are very low, even in his home country. Having never managed to take off, the breed remains rare and unpopular. However, the Pudelpointer deserves to be discovered for his good temperament and his great abilities as a man's best friend and hunter.
Quick Overview of the Pudelpointer
- Neither aggressive nor timid
- Balanced temperament
- Docile and intelligent
- Affectionate with his family
- High on legs
- Powerful muscles
- Great elegance
- Big amber eyes
- Ears to monitor
- No particular genetic disease
- Rarely ill
- Long life expectancy
Temperament of the Pudelpointer
Neither aggressive nor shy, the Pudelpointer has a balanced temperament and always reacts calmly. Docile and intelligent, he is very affectionate with his family.
His education and socialization are generally very easy to undertake.
Since hunting is not year-round, he can easily switch from a hunting dog to a family dog. Energetic, cheerful and very affectionate, he loves to be around his family, and enjoys demonstrations of love and other caresses.
He is very sociable, which makes him a totally useless guard dog, but an excellent family companion.
Even if he is a relentless hunter, he is always very friendly with his family.
The Pudelpointer is very heavy and has powerful muscles. His overall build is well proportioned and harmonious, with the general appearance of a working dog.
Despite a certain heaviness, the Pudelpointer exudes elegance.
Between 60 and 68 cm (23.62 to 26.77 inches) for the male
Between 55 and 63 cm (21.65 to 24.80 inches) for the female
Between 25 and 30 kg (55.12 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 25 and 30 kg (55.12 to 66.14 pounds) for the female
The color of his coat can vary between brown, black and a color called "dead leaf".
His medium length harsh, dense coat is flat on the body.
His coat also has a very thick single-colored undercoat.
His head, with a flat skull has a well marked stop. His large eyes are dark amber.
His ears, set high, are medium size, and very close to the head.
His nose is strongly pigmented, and generally in harmony with the coat. His tail is carried naturally straight or slightly curved in a sabre shape and reaches almost down to the hock. It can also be shortened.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 1 and is #216
Tips About this breed
Suitable for all types of terrain and game, the Pudelpointer is widely used for hunting on the plains, in water or in forests.
All types of game are suitable for him, whether feathered or fur. This very versatile hunting dog is ideal for hunting duck, fox, wild rabbit and quail.
With his harsh coat, the Pudelpointer is protected by his natural armor in some wooded areas that could easily injure any other hunting dog.
Compatible with all situations, he can live just about anywhere. However, city life does not always suit him, as he has a great need for exercise.
If he lives in the city, and has a large garden where he can practice freely, then he can be very happy there.
He loves sport masters, because he can enjoy all sports and athletic activities without issue.
Very intelligent and docile, his education is generally easy and usually causes no issues.
It must, however, be adequate, fairly firm and completely free of brutality. His socialization is innate and easy to carry out.
Health of the Pudelpointer
No genetic disease or any particular pathology affects the breed, as he is closely monitored to ensure the quality of the numbers.
Some dogs may be affected by ear infections, but this is not a breed-specific condition.
The Pudelpointer therefore enjoys excellent health and is rarely ill. He also enjoys a good life expectancy.
It is best to monitor and clean his ears regularly, especially after he returns from hunting.
His pretty coat must also be brushed very frequently, to keep it clean, beautiful and healthy. However, no other particular maintenance is necessary.
History of this breed
The first crossbreeding suggestion aiming to create the breed was between the Barbet and the Pointer, orchestrated by the German doctor in cynology, Mr. Walther.
This doctor wanted to obtain an optimal hunting dog, able to work on all terrains. This suggestion, however, remained pending and never saw the light of day.
The Pudelpointer was finally bred from a cross between the Pointer and the Poodle (Pudel for the English Poodle, descendant of the Barbet) by the German Baron von Zedlitz at the end of the 19th century.
The Poodle was only used at the very beginning of the crossbreeding, but the Pudelpointer still retained his qualities. The crossbreeding of these two breeds produced a dog that met the hunting requirements, being genetically very healthy.
The numbers are closely monitored, in order to preserve the good health and high quality of the breed.
The authorities in his country of origin exercise great vigilance with regard to hip dysplasia and epilepsy, in order to avoid these two potential diseases in the breed.
This pointing dog, finding and pointing small game, is also an excellent retriever that can work on any terrain, as originally desired by Dr. Walther.
Water remains his favorite playground, a preference that most certainly comes from his ancestor the Poodle.
Unfortunately, the breed never really took off, and even in his country of origin, numbers are still very scarce.