History & Overview
The Pudelpointer is a versatile and healthy working gundog suitable for work in the fields, in the woods and the water. It was created by crossing the Poodle and the Pointer. The Poodle was chosen for its excellent learning ability, intelligence, and passion for hunting, while the Pointer contributed its enormous stamina, speed, and never failing nose.
Throughout history, there were numerous attempts to create the “ultimate hunting dog” by crossing poodles with other hunting and gun dogs. One of the best results produced is the Curly-coated Retriever. In Germany, the first deliberately bred litter of Pudelpoint was in 1881. The experiment proved to be a huge success, and by 1925, the Pudelpointer was established as a pure breed.
Being an exceptional pointer and retriever who can work nearly any kind of terrain, the Pudelpointer is mostly owned by serious hunters. With so much to offer in the field, he is also a great family companion who loves the company of children and other animals. Alert and keen, he makes a good watchdog. His average life span is 12 to 14 years.
The Pudelpointer’s double coat consists of a rough coat of medium length, with a distinctive beard, and a dense undercoat, providing a good protection against weather and injuries. Short-haired dogs are excluded from breeding. Accepted colors include solid brown and dead leaf color, with or without small white markings. The dead leaf color used to be the most thought after as it was considered to be the best camouflage for hunting dogs, but today’s breeding goal is more focused on medium brown to dark brown.
According to the breed standard, the ideal height at the shoulders should be between 21.7 and 26.8 inches. Its temperament is described as calm and even. In accordance with the animal protection law, the tail is docked for hunting purposes in such manner to cover the vulva in bitches and the scrotum in males. In countries where the law prohibits docking, the tail may be left natural. It should reach to the hocks and should be carried straight or somewhat sabre-like slightly above the level of the topline.
- FCI Standard #216
- Verein Pudelpointer