- Best for experienced owners
- Good with children
- Good with other dogs and household cats
- Medium-large size
- High exercise need
- Low shedding
- High watchdog abilities
- High ease of training
The Pudelpointer originally hails from Germany and was developed in the 1880s. They get their name from the two types of dogs that were used to develop them - the Poodle or Pudel and the Pointer. Baron von Zedlitz created the breed by crossing German Hunting Poodles with English Pointers. His goal was to create a breed that would make extraordinary hunting dogs and home watchdogs and companions. Pudelpointers are able to track big and small game, point birds and retrieve on land and water.
Today, the breed is fairly uncommon, but has been gaining in popularity. Outside of Germany, the breed is primarily breed in Canada, Austria, America and the Czech Republic.
Pudelpointers are good natured, friendly, outgoing dogs. They are very intelligent, usually easy to train and obedient, and are eager to please. They respond wonderfully to firm consistent training that is positive reward focused. However, they are a very active breed with minds of their own, and if ill trained and not given adequate exercise can be troublemakers. They are best for experienced owners.
The Pudelpointer is a very loyal breed that bonds closely with their family. They are affectionate, gentle and playful, and love children. They fit well into an active family setting. Most are mildly reserved with strangers and make good home watchdogs and protectors. They are usually good with other dogs, and can peacefully cohabitate with cats when raised with them. However, they have a strong prey drive and are not safe around birds or small animals.
They are essentially country dogs as they like to be active and need room to run, but can do well in the city with a very dedicated owner. They need at least a couple of hours of exercise daily to keep them fit and happy. They are excellent dogs for outdoor enthusiasts as they make fantastic bicycling, jogging, hiking, boating ad camping companions. Most love to swim. They usually enjoy participating in many of the organized dog sports and trials like flyball, agility and obedience trials, tracking and field trials and conformation shows. They make excellent search and rescue dogs. Pudelpointers are hard working dogs with great stamina that will not enjoy a sedentary life style. When ill exercised they can be prone to destructive behaviour.
Appearance and Grooming:
The Pudelpointer is a medium-large sized breed that measures 21-27 inches at their withers and weighs 44-70 pounds when full grown. They have wiry harsh dense coats that come in chestnut, liver, fawn or black. They are minimal shedders and require a good brushing once or twice a week to keep them neat and tat free. Where legal, their tail is usually docked.
The Pudelpointer is a hardy breed prone to minimal health issues. However, there has been occurrences of hip dysplasia, PRA and skin cysts in the breed. To help prevent hip dysplasia and PRA, perspective owners are best to buy from a breeder who offers puppies from parents that are OFA and CERF registered.