Pudelpointer originated in Germany in the late 1800s, resulting from an effort to create a hunting dog breed that enjoyed water, loved to hunt and retrieve, was easily trained, and had a strong desire to please. The German Hunting Pudel (Standard Poodle) and English Pointer were used to create the new dog breed, hence its name Pudelpointer. The parent clubs have worked hard to retain the breed’s hunting characteristics and temperament.
The Pudelpointer dogs stand 22 to 26 inches tall and usually weigh between 45 and 75 pounds. The head is of medium length, and the eyes are round and yellow-brown. The ears are dropped. The body is strong and slightly longer than tall. The tail is docked, leaving two-thirds of its length. The ideal coat is harsh and wiry. The face is coated with heavy eyebrows, mustache, and beard. Acceptable coat colors are primarily variations of liver and brown, but fawn and light brown are permitted. This coat requires thorough brushing every other day, as it can tangle and mat. Many Pudelpointer owners trim the coat around the eyes, feet, under the tail, and around the genitals to keep the dogs clean.
Pudelpointers were bred to be hunting dogs, and, when out in the field, these dogs are active hunters, although in the house, most Pudelpointers are relatively calm. Without daily exercise, however, Pudelpointers, especially Pudelpointer puppies, will find something to do to occupy their time, and owners often don’t like their choices. Pudelpointers need a good run or swim every day. Most are natural retrievers and love to play fetch games.
Breed enthusiasts rave about the Pudelpointer breed’s ease of training. It is an intelligent dog breed and has a strong desire to please. Training should be structured yet fun and not too repetitive. Although Pudelpointers are wonderful companion dogs, they do best in a hunting home, as that is where the breed’s heart is. These dogs are good with children and with other dogs. They should not be trusted with smaller pets. Health concerns include hip dysplasia and allergies.