The Pudelpointer is a diverse hunting dog breed that originated in Germany. As their name clearly suggests, these dogs were created by mixing and crossbreeding German hunting Poodle and the English Pointer. This lovely breed has a characteristic mustache and a beard.
These rather funny looking dogs are fairly active and require a decent amount of daily activities. If you lead a healthy, active lifestyle and are looking for a dog, the Pudelpointer might just be the breed for you.
22-26 in (56-66 cm)
45-70 lb (20-32 kg)
This is a fairly “young” breed that came to life in the early 19th century. A German hunter and a dog breeder wanted to create a dog breed that can work on both, land and water. He decided to do an experiment and cross the German hunting Poodle with an English Pointer.
His main goal was to create a dog that will have the ability to point, flush, and retrieve. Needless to say that his experiment was successful. The hunter’s name was Baron von Zedlitz and he used seven specific German hunting Poodles and over a hundred different pointers. The creation of the Pudelpointer lasted over 30 years.
Soon these dogs became very popular all over Europe. In 1956, first Pudelpointers were introduced to the United States and their numbers are on a steady rise since then.
Dog Breed Characteristics
The Pudelpointer is a peculiar dog breed that is often described as “weird” or “funny” looking. Their eyes are dark-amber-colored and their coat color influences the eye pigmentation. These dogs have a double coat that has a rough and wiry outer coat and a soft, wooly undercoat.
The Pudelpointers standard allows these dogs to come in brown, dead-leaf color, or black. Their most distinct characteristic is their mustache and their beard.
The Pudelpointer is a fully registered breed by the FCI. As a fully registered breed, the Pudelpointer has a breed standard in place. FCI places these dogs in Group 7 Pointing Dogs. Section 1.1 Continental Pointing Dogs. This breed has a working trial.
According to this standard, male Pudelpointers should measure 23,5-26,5 in (60-68 cm) and female Pudelpointers should measure 21,5-25 in (55-63 cm) at the withers.
The Pudelpointer was accepted by the FCI on the 13th of November 1959.
This breed is accepted in the AKC Foundation Stock Service. Their height should be 22-26 in (56-66 cm) and they should weigh 45-70 lb (20-32 kg).
Pudelpointer has a hard and rough coat that is medium long. Regular weekly grooming is required to keep him looking at his best.
Pudelpointer coat colors:
- Dead leaf color
By breed standard small white markings are permitted.
The rest is basic care; trim their nails when needed (if they don't wear them down naturally), brush their teeth weekly to prevent tartar buildup and bacteria development. Regularly check their ears for any sign of redness or a bad odor that can indicate an infection. You can wipe their ears with the cotton ball dipped into an ear cleaner. The key for your dog to get used to all things mentioned above is to start early with them. Make a positive experience for the dog, full of praises and rewards, and you can be sure that your dog will enjoy all these things when they grow up.
The Pudelpointer is primarily a working, hunting dog breed and that is exactly what you should expect of it. It is active, alert, and eager to please their owner. These traits combined with a fairly high intelligence make for a very trainable dog. These dogs will need plenty of exercise and activity. Their life needs to be filled with mental and physical challenges and they are the happiest when they have a job to do.
They are usually great with kids, but they make a better fit with older kids that understand how to approach and interact with a dog. This is not your typical family pet. It is a hard-working dog breed that was primarily and selectively bred for centuries for hunting purposes.
The Pudelpointer requires a lot of your time and energy. You will need to spend a lot of quality time with your dog and as long as you do that, you will have a great family pet.
Training a Pudelpointer
The Pudelpointer is highly trainable and they love all sorts of training sessions and exercises. The most important thing is to use a lot of treats and food as motivation and to try and come up with new and innovative ways to approach the training of this breed.
Avoid using negative training methods as they can cause the dog to become aggressive and shy. Use only positive reinforcement and correct the unwanted behavior in a non-aggressive way.
Socializing a Pudelpointer
The Pudelpointer, like any other breed, needs early socialization. This is a hunting breed and as such will need to learn how to behave as a family pet. Expose your Pudelpointer puppy to different situations, sights, sounds, dogs, and people. That way your puppy will learn how to handle and react to any situation they might find themselves in.
The Pudelpointer is generally considered a healthy breed, but they are prone to some health issues and concerns like any other dog breed. These dogs have an average lifespan of 13-15 years.
When getting any breed, the breeder must show you health tests that they have done for their breeding dogs. Dogs must be adequately tested because taking a chance and hoping that the puppy’s parents are healthy is a risk no one should ever take. Only healthy dogs should be bred because that is the only way to assure that bloodlines will remain healthy and without any problems. Health problems associated with this breed are;
- Epilepsy - Brain problem causing mild to severe seizures.
- Hip dysplasia - Genetic problem affecting hips resulting from an improperly formed hip joint.
To be sure that your dog will be healthy always buy him from a responsible dog breeder who regularly tests their breeding dogs to secure that their puppies will be healthy as well.
This dog breed is not for everyone and we advise you that you make your research before you go after Pudelpointer. You will need to dedicate your time and energy to training and socialization if you want to end up with a dog you can control. When you decide to search for Pudelpointer breeders, always buy a dog from a responsible and official breeder. By doing so, you can be sure that you will get the best possible dog because a good breeder takes good care of their breeding dogs and their puppies. If you have any questions or doubts any good breeder will welcome your questions because they also want their puppies to go into a good home.
Buying a dog from a responsible breeder will cost you more money, but you can be sure that you will get a healthy puppy. If you are unable to buy a dog, we advise you to search for local animal shelters because there is a chance you can find a Pudelpointer dog in it.
When you bring your new puppy home start with the training and socialization immediately. By doing so, you will end up with a well-behaved dog whom you can trust.
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World Dog Finder team