( Rock Creek Darkon )
Those not familiar with the Pudelpointer tend to assume
that the Pudelpointer is a new breed recently developed or that it is
an obscure breed rarely seen within North American hunting circles.
Neither of these assumptions are true.
The Pudelpointer was developed in Germany in the late
1800's, a time when many of the other versatile hunting dogs were developed.
Versatile gundogs were developed in Europe to accommodate those who
hunted waterfowl , upland game and furred game while on foot and who
only wanted or could afford the luxury of one dog. These dogs were bred
to be multi- purpose gun dogs and they proved to be very successful.
Many of these breeds were developed by crosssing various specialty breeds.The
goal was to breed an intensive pointer that had a love of water and
retrieving and that had the tracking ability to recover wounded or crippled
The Pudelpointer was first introduced to North America
in 1956 when it was brought to this continent by Sigbot Winterhelt.
Since it's introduction to American and Canadian sportsmen , the Pudelpointer
has been a dominate breed in hunt tests such as the North American Versatile
Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA). The Pudelpointer has been very successful
in the field and in hunt tests in American and Canada for nearly 50
The Pudelpointer was developed by crossing the English
Pointer and the German Hunting Pudel. This crossing proved very successful.
The pups produced from this cross acquired the love of water, retrieving
instinct, intelligence, trainability and protective coat of the German
Hunting Pudel and the intense pointing instinct, incredible endurance,
search, and never failing nose of the English Pointer.
Pudelpointers are truly versatile gun dogs that make
excellent waterfowl dogs that are stylish, intense pointers capable
of tracking crippled game. They are strong, fast dogs that cover a lot
of ground yet because of their cooperative nature they make excellent
gun dogs for the hunter on foot as they hunt for the gun before and
after the shot.
The Pudelpointer is a medium sized dog between 22 and
26 inches and is anywhere from 45 to 70 pounds. The ideal coat is harsh
and wiry and the color can range from a tawny-brown to dark brown and
some times black. White markings can appear on the chest and feet. They
are clean dogs that shed little and require little maintenance. With
their even temperament, cooperative nature and willingness to please,
Pudelpointers make excellent companion dogs in the home and are capable
of turning off the steam while not on the hunt.