Pull up a chair and take a look at this German hunting dog with a mustache. Oh, and prepare to fall in love. The poodle and pointer mix is known as the pudelpointer, a brown dog with droopy ears, bright eyes, and yes ... a mustache. Not only are these furry friends cute and loveable, they are also hardworking, full of energy and eternally faithful hunting companions!
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The pudelpointer is quite the agile and tireless sporting dog. There is a lot of energy and skill packed into these medium-sized dogs. Males range from 22-27 inches and females fall between 21-26 inches. Both males and females are 44-66 pounds. The average lifespan is approximately 14 years and litter size is 3-8 puppies.
The very first pudelpointer was bred in 1881 by Baron Von Zedlitz in Germany. Zedlitz wanted to breed an ideal gun dog taking the best traits of the Pudel (German hunting poodle) and the English pointer. It took him 30 years to perfect the dog but in the end, he did it! The result was a dog highly skilled in tracking, pointing, and retrieving.
The pudelpointer was introduced to North America in 1956 by Bodo Winterhelt. In 1977, the Pudelpointer Club of North America was established in Canada.
Initially bred as a hunting dog, the pudelpointer expresses great stamina and is perfect for active and adventurous families that spend a healthy amount of time outdoors. This breed is intelligent, responsive, and eager to please. Pudelpointers may get troublesome if they are not allotted a good amount of space to burn off some of their energy. This breed loves both land and water, making swimming an ideal choice for pudelpointer exercise!
While out and about getting in their essential daily activity, pudelpointers can get anxious around strangers. It is important to socialize pudelpointers at an early age so they won't be too timid or anxious around strangers later on in life. This breed is extremely loyal and will be quite the faithful companion to their owner as well as any children in the household. They are protective of children and even get along well with other animals when properly socialized. For these reasons, p**udelpointers make great watchdogs and their retrieving skills make them skilled rescue dogs. Owners must be wary of their predatory instincts, however. pudelpointers are not to be trusted around birds or other small animals.**
From the beginnings of puppyhood, pudelpointers should be leash trained and learn commands like "no" and "stop" before they are allowed off of a leash. As hunting dogs with retrieving tendencies, pudelpointers are sure to run free and bring back all sorts of surprises without the proper training. They require firm and consistent training but are eager to learn and please, making training an enjoyable experience.
The pudelpointer has a weather resistant, double-layered coat. The undercoat is dense while the overcoat is rough and wiry. The coat comes with only minimal shedding. Pudelpointers come in an adorable medium size and are traditionally chestnut, brown, black or liver colored. They have floppy ears and deep, bright eyes. Their most unique feature is the mustache on their snout!
Pudelpointer Essential Facts:
- Personality: Smart, eager to please, affectionate, faithful
- Energy Level: Active
- Barking Level: Barks when necessary
- Shedding: Infrequent
- Good with Children: Yes
- Trainability: Highly Trainable
- Height: 22-27 inches (male), 21-26 inches (female)
- Weight: 44-66 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 14 years
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