Pudelpointers (which might win the contest for most adorable dog name) are medium-sized hunting dogs from Germany. They look like (and actually are) a mix between Poodles and Pointers.
In the late 1800’s, a German dog breeder named Baron von Zedlitz decided that he wanted a versatile hunting dog. The dog needed to be fast, loyal, intelligent, able to work with a variety of different game, and happy to work on both land and water. That’s a tall order for any dog, but the Pudelpointer proved well suited to the task! von Zedlitz created the Pudelpointer by mixing a bunch of different poodles and the English Pointer. He bred them over and over, selectively choosing which puppies to keep as stock dogs, and worked tirelessly until the breed was a genetically distinct one, rather than a mutt.
They made their way to the United States in the 1950’s, and the first Pudelpointer club opened up in the 1970’s. While they are relatively rare in the United States, there are some dedicated and lifelong breeders of the dog. If you really have your heart set on a Pudelpointer, you’ll likely be able to find one from a reputable breeder.
Since Poodle coat type traits are generally dominant, the Pudelpointer has the typical curly Poodle coat. They have soulful eyes and lovely coloring (a rich brown) and are generally very handsome dogs. They are intelligent and friendly dogs who will work loyally with their owner on any type of terrain. They are not generally kept solely as pets in their native Germany or in the United States, but they certainly could be! They have loving and gentle personalities and love children as well as other dogs. They can even do well with other pets, such as cats, if introduced early. If you are someone who has pet ducks or chickens, though, you will want to exercise caution.
While Pudelpointers seem like the worlds best pet-- a word of caution: they are not at all suited to apartment living, and will only make ideal companion animals if kept in a rural or suburban home. They are absolutely tireless and require a great deal of daily running to keep them happy and fit. Without vigorous exercise, they will be bored and unhappy. They are also at their best when they are given a job to do, whether that be hunting in the marshes with their beloved master (which is probably their preference) or engaging in a variety of canine sports, such as a agility, hunting trials, or fly-ball. If you don’t have the space to let the dog run free in the backyard or if you have a tendency to be a couch potato, the Puderlpointer is certainly not the dog for you.
Over 10 Poodles and 80 different Pointers were used over a 30 year period to create the Pudelpointer as we know them today. Now that’s commitment!
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