The Pudelpointer is a domestic breed of a hunting dog that originated from Germany. The breed was developed in 1881 by Baron von Zedlitz, a German breeder that sought a perfect hunting dog that could point, retrieve, and track both in water on land. He bred one hundred different pointers, especially the English pointer, with seven different poodles to create the Pudelpointer. It was first introduced to North America by Bodo Winterhelt in 1953, who developed the Pudelpointer Club of North America in Canada.
The Pudelpointer exhibits the hunting skills of both the poodle and pointers and has an intelligent and willing nature. It reaches an average height between 21 and 26 inches and an average weight between 44 and 66 pounds. The standard calls for a wiry coat that can be dark red, black, or chestnut in color. However, most breeders focus on its hunting skills rather than its appearance. The Pudelpointer is recognized by many organizations including the CKC, UKC, and the FCI.
Image Caption: A Pudelpointer on point while in training under the hands of Bodo Winterhelt in Oregon in early 2002. Credit: Arthurrh/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)