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The Pudelpointer is a medium to large breed from Germany bred to be a versatile and intelligent hunter. It was developed at the end of the 19th century and into the start of the 20th century and is a cross of the Poodle and the English Pointer. It is also a good companion and family dog being affectionate and gentle. It has a life span of 12 to 14 years and because of its Poodle heritage can be hypoallergenic. Other names it is called include Pudlepointer, Puddle Pointer, Poodle Pointer, Pudle Pointer and Pudel Pointer.
|The Pudelpointer at a Glance|
|Other names||Pudlepointer, Puddle Pointer, Poodle Pointer, Pudle Pointer, Pudel Pointer|
|Average size||Medium to large|
|Average weight||44 to 66 pounds|
|Average height||21 to 26 inches|
|Life span||12 to 14 years|
|Coat type||Medium, close, water and weather resistant, double with dense under and rough and wiry over|
|Color||Black, Chestnut, Liver, Brown|
|Popularity||Not yet recognized by the AKC|
|Tolerance to heat||Good to very good|
|Tolerance to cold||Very good|
|Drooling||Low to moderate|
|Obesity||Average – measure its food and make sure it is well exercised|
|Grooming/brushing||Low to moderate – brush once a week|
|Barking||Occasional – some barking but should not be constant|
|Exercise needs||High – active dog so needs active owners|
|Trainability||Easy to moderately easy|
|Friendliness||Very good to excellent|
|Good first dog||Very good|
|Good family pet||Very good to excellent with socialization|
|Good with children||Very good to excellent with socialization|
|Good with other dogs||Very good to excellent with socialization|
|Good with other pets||Good but needs socialization as has a high prey drive with small non-canine animals and birds|
|Good with strangers||Good to very good – can be wary at first, socialization needed|
|Good apartment dog||Moderate – best in a home with a large yard and space|
|Handles alone time well||Moderate – prefers not to be alone for long periods|
|Health issues||A healthy dog but some issues can include hip dysplasia, ear infections, Cryptorchidism and eye problems|
|Medical expenses||$485 a year for dog insurance and basic health care|
|Food expenses||$260 a year for treats and a good quality dry dog food|
|Miscellaneous expenses||$675 a year for grooming, license, basic training, miscellaneous items and toys|
|Average annual expenses||$1420 as a starting figure|
|Cost to purchase||$1,000|
|Rescue organizations||Pudelpointer Dog Rescue, check local rescues and shelters|
|Biting Statistics||None reported|
The Pudelpointer’s Beginnings
The Pudelpointer’s development started in 1881 in Germany by a breeder called Baron von Zedlitz who was looking for a gun dog that was able to hunt on both land and water, and act as tracker, pointer and retriever. He wanted a dog that was intelligent, easy to train, eager to please, agile, strong and as well as being a great hunter also a great companion.
With that in mind he took around 10 Poodles and almost 100 pointers and eventually ended up with a dog he called the Pudelpointer pudel being German for Poodle. He ended up using more crosses with Pointers than Poodles over a period of 30 years of development, as the Poodle proved to have stronger genes that were coming through stronger than Zedlitz wanted.
New Lease on Life
The Pudelpointer was a success but seen as an unusual dog even in Germany. It did not get introduced to North America until 1956 by a Bodo Winterhelt who remained involved wit the breed for decades. He started his kennel called Winterhelle Kennel and in 1977 started the Pudelpointer Club of North America. In its homeland and in North America the focus for this dog is on its performance standards over its appearance. There are tests to complete before you can be registered to breed and for this reason the club has not pushed for AKC recognition as they believed that would have split the breed into a show type and a working type.
The Dog You See Today
The Pudelpointer is a medium to large dog weighing 44 to 66 pounds and standing 21 to 26 inches tall. It is strongly built, powerful and agile but is also sometimes described as being odd looking or awkward. It has a head that is moderately wide and somewhat domed with ears that hang down and eyes that are large, bright, set deep and on the side of its head. The nose can be black or brown depending on its coat color. One of its distinguishing features is its mustache and it also has a beard. Its coat is wiry, dense and harsh and is medium length and close to the body. It has a double coat and it is weather and water resistant. Common colors are brown, liver, chestnut, black and there can be a small amount of white markings.
The Inner Pudelpointer
The Pudelpointer is a calm, faithful and loyal dog and is a great companion and gun dog. It is curious about everything and friendly but when hunting it will be focused and skillful. It is an eager to please breed, gentle and needs lots of attention and affection. It is loving in return and does not like to be left alone for long periods. It needs company and an owner who is confident but gentle.
It is alert so can make a great watchdog that will bark to let you know there is an intruder. It does have some protective instincts too so some will also act to defend you and its territory. It is a responsive and attentive dog and needs socialization especially to make sure it is not overly wary, timid or shy with strangers. As well as being good as a companion and as a all round hunting dog it also does well as a search and rescue dog.
Living with a Pudelpointer
What will training look like?
This breed should be easy to train as it is eager to make you happy, likes to spend time with you and intelligent. While it is important to be firm and confident and consistent with it, this dog does not respond well to owners or trainers who are harsh, scold or use punishment. Keep it positive, motivate with treats, rewards and encourage it with praise. Start its obedience training and socialization at a young age and keep the sessions interesting. Make sure leash training is done well as it does tend to try and pull at its leash when on walks. Introduce it to different people, sounds, situations, places and animals and so on so it learns how to react to them.
How active is the Pudelpointer?
The Pudelpointer being a dog bred for hunting is active and needs active owners. It loves to hunt and has a lot of agility, stamina and endurance. It is happy on various terrains too, going swimming, running on open fields, exploring in between trees and so on. If you are not hunting with it, make sure you keep it physical for at least an hour a day of walks and play time, as well as some off leash run time somewhere safe like a dog park. It can hike or jog with you, needs to play some doggy games and have interesting toys to play with and be mentally stimulated. This is not a dog suited to a sedentary lifestyle or owners who just want to come home from work and chill. It is also not best suited to apartment living as it does best with access to a large yard.
Caring for the Pudelpointer
The Pudelpointer sheds a low to moderate amount so there may be a very small amount of hair in the home. It will need to be brushed once or twice a week with a firm bristled brush. The wiry coat means it may need professional attention at a groomer on a regular basis, depending on what level of commitment you want to make to it. But that Poodle mix means it can be hypoallergenic. Avoid giving it baths too many times, this can damage its natural oils and leads to dry skin. When you do bathe it only ever use a shampoo made for dogs. After it has been out on a hunt or from a long hike take some time to check its paws and ears and coat for things like burs and ticks.
Clip its nails using proper dog nail clippers if they get too long, but take care not to cut really far as there are blood vessels and nerves there. Cutting that will cause pain and bleeding. You can always have your vet show you or have them or a groomer do it. Its teeth should be brushed with a canine toothbrush and paste at least two to three times a week. Also its ears need to be cleaned and checked for infection at least weekly. Use a damp cloth or dog ear cleanser and do not insert anything into them.
A Pudelpointer will eat between 3 to 4½ cups of a good (or better) quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals. Make sure it has water at all times that is kept fresh. How food can depend on its metabolism, activity level, health, age and size.
How is the Pudelpointer with other animals and children?
With socialization and especially when raised with them the Pudelpointer is very good with children. It is affectionate, gentle, playful and they both love to explore and have fun together. It is important still that children are taught proper and appropriate ways to play and stroke it and that younger ones are supervised to make sure the dog is not hurt with ear pulling and such. It can get along with socialization with some other pets especially when raised with them but it does have a high prey drive especially around strange small animals and birds.
What Might Go Wrong?
This dog has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years and is fairly healthy but some issues can include hip dysplasia, ear infections, Cryptorchidism and eye problems.
When looking at 35 years of dog attacks against people that have caused bodily in the US and Canada, there is no mention of the Pudelpointer. It is not a people aggressive dog and is not likely to be involved in such incidents but no dog can be 100% safe. To get the best out of your dog make sure you socialize, train, give enough attention to and exercise your dog.
Your Pup’s Price Tag
A Pudelpointer puppy will likely cost around $1000 for a pet quality dog from a well reviewed breeder, but for something from a top breeder that will cost more. Always use a breeder you trust and have done your homework on and be sure to avoid places like back yard breeders, pet stores or puppy mills. Another place to have a look is local rescues and shelters, and perhaps breed specific ones if you can find any. While you may not find a purebred you might find a mix that you fall in love with anyway and adopting will likely cost around $50 to $400.
There will then be time to buy items needed for your new dog such as a carrier, crate, collar and leash, bedding, bowls and such at a cost of about $220. Initial health needs a dog has such as physical exam, shots, deworming, micro chipping, spaying or neutering and blood tests will come to about $290.
Annual costs are another factor when you are a dog owner. You can expect to spend around $1420 a year taking care of your Pudelpointer. $675 of that will cover basic training, grooming, license, miscellaneous items and toys. $260 will be for a good or better quality dry dog food and dog treats. $485 will cover emergency savings or pet insurance and then basic health care like flea and tick prevention, shots and check ups.
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The Pudelpointer is a very energetic, enthusiastic and intelligent breed and needs active owners, space, mental stimulation and careful training and socialization. It was bred to hunt and loves to do it but as long as it gets a good amount of physical activity in some way each day it will be calm and sweet and eager to please. With the right owners it is kind, loving and loyal but it does need a good amount of attention and companionship.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- The Pudelpointer’s Beginnings
- New Lease on Life
- The Dog You See Today
- The Inner Pudelpointer
- Living with a Pudelpointer
- Caring for the Pudelpointer
- How is the Pudelpointer with other animals and children?
- What Might Go Wrong?
- Your Pup’s Price Tag