The Pudelpointer was developed from two breeds – a German Hunting Poodle and English Pointer. The breeding goal was to develop the perfect hunting companion that could effectively hunt over land and water. The breed was developed at the end of 19th century and perfected in the beginning of the 20th century.
2) Tell and Molly
Most old breeds have mysterious origin and we can only guess, when, how and where they were developed. This is not the case with the Pudelpointer, whose origin is very well documented. That is why we know, that the first two dogs used for breeding process were a female German Hunting Pudel named Molly and English Pointer named Tell. During the first three decades of the breeding, a mix of 11 Pudels and 80 Pointers were used. The reason is, that the Pudel genes were much stronger, so many more Pointers were used to achieve the breeding goal.
The breeding goal to achieve a great intelligent hunter was definitely achieved, because the Pudelpointer is veryr intelligent, eager to please and he loves water and retrieving, just like the Poodle, but he also has high prey drive, well developed sense of smell and natural pointing instinct, just like the English Pointer.
So you already know, that this is great hunter, but just like all the dog breeds, even the Pudelpointer is more and more choosen as a family pet. And guess what, they are good companions! Because of their eagerness to please, high trainability and friendlines, they can make good partners for active people.
The fact, that they are suitable for active people is very important, because just like majority of the hunting breeds, even the Pudelpointer needs quite a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay healthy and happy. They will love to go for a long walks, hikes, they love swims and playing fetch. You should also occupy their mind by some task oriented playtime, dog sport or regular training sessions.
Most Pudelpointers will love, if you will take them near river or a lake where they can show you their swimming skills. This is exceptionally good swimmer and they naturally drawn into water. Most of them also love retrieving objects from water, so playing water fetch is great exercise for a Pudelpointer.
Great fact about the Pudelpointer is, that it is a very easy to maintain breed. Their coat is wiry and harsh, but most importantly it sheds only very very little. They also do not require almost any grooming and take care about the coat bythemselves. The coat is also water resistant and protecting them from bad weather and chilly waters. Just like with all dogs you should regularly check their eyes, ears and nails and clip them or clean them if needed.
One of the distinctive feature of the Pudelpointer is its beard, which gives them i would say smart and wise look. They also have large eyes set on the sides of the head. The eyes are pigmented depending on the color of the coat. The same goes with the nose, whose color is dependent on the coat. So what is the typical coat color? Typically, the Pudelpointer is in dark brown, but it can range toward chestnut and lighter shades of liver or toward darker shades, almost black. Very small white markings on chest or toes are possible.
This is an athletic and strong dog breed with average height between 53-66 cm, which is 21-26 inch and weight is typically between 20-30 kg, which is 44-66 pounds. Females are little bit smaller then males.
This is a healthy and hardy dog breed with good lifespan between 12-15 years. Of course, just like all the dogs, they can suffer from some health issues, commonly from hip dysplasia, epilepsy, entropion or Cryptorchidism.