The Pudelpointer boasts a fascinating ancestry having been first developed in Germany back in the 1800s when Poodles were crossed with several types of pointers. The breed was developed by Baron von Zedlitz and the large dogs we see today are very much the same as the dogs he bred back then.
The Pudelpointer is prized in their native Germany as being a very skilled gun dog because of their calm and even tempered natures. These large dogs can stand at anything from 24 to 27 inches at the shoulder and they can weigh in at between 20 to 30 kgs with males being larger and heavier than their female counterparts.
Although not so well recognised outside of their native Germany, the Pudelpointer is a popular dog back home because they are so good when they are around children and other pets, including other dogs. They are also highly intelligent which means they are easy to train. With this said, they benefit from positive reinforcement training and this needs to start early and then continue throughout their lives for them to be truly happy, well-balanced dogs.
They are very attractive with their very distinctive faces and wide noses. In fact, they do resemble the Labrador which is what sets them apart from other pointer-type dog breeds. When it comes to coat colours, the Pudelpointer can be either black, brown or a striking liver colour and their coats lie flat to their bodies, but on their faces, the hair is longer on their muzzles, over their eyes and on their ears which adds to their endearing appearance.
When it comes to exercise, being originally bred as gundogs, the Pudelpointer likes to be out in the great outdoors as much as possible. They are certainly not the sort of dog that would be happy being a couch potato, although they are quite happy to chill out and relax after they've been given loads of exercise. They are therefore, not the best choice of family pets for people who lead more sedentary lives, but these dogs would be an ideal choice for anyone who enjoys being out and about in the countryside with a canine companion by their side.
Pudelpointers really do benefit from early socialisation and their training should start as early as possible too so they grow up to be well-rounded, happy characters. The more people and other animals they meet when they are still young helps them build up their confidence and the same can be said of introducing them to all the situations they will find themselves in during the course of their lives.
In general the Pudelpointer is thought to be a robust and healthy breed of dog although like so many others, they are known to suffer from hip dysplasia and a few skin allergies. With this said, not all dogs will develop a health disorder during the course of their lives and if you are hoping to get a Pudelpointer puppy, it's essential that you ask the breeder to show you the health reports of a puppy's parent dogs to make sure they don't suffer from a hereditary or congenital health disorder which they may have passed on to their offspring.
Because these dogs boast double coats with a denser, rougher outer coat and a much softer, yet just as dense undercoat, they do tend to shed quite a bit and this is particularly true during the spring and then again in the autumn. As such, they need to be regularly groomed to keep things tidy and any shed hair off carpets and furniture.
The hair around their heads, as previously mentioned, is slightly longer which means the Pudelpointer has a charming beard and a little forelock that adds to their overall appeal. When puppies, these dogs are among the cutest on the planet and it's when they are young that you should introduce them to a grooming routine, making the experience as relaxing and enjoyable as possible so that when they are grown up, they look forward to their one-to-one sessions with you.
There are some gorgeous looking hounds on the planet, and without doubt, the Pudelpointer has to be one of them. They are incredibly cute when they are puppies, but with this said, they grow up to be very handsome looking adult dogs. Although not as well known as other pointer breeds, the Pudelpointer has a lot to boast about and in their native Germany, they are still highly prized as gun dogs although they are also an extremely popular choice as a family pet because of their very even and kind natures.