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What Gun Dog Breeders Want Buyers to Know Before Getting a Pudelpointer

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 04:07 PM

Pudelpointers are fairly rare in the U.S., being originally bred from the German hunting poodle and the English pointer. Breeders of these gun dogs may be few, but they are serious when it comes to upholding breed standards.

Currently, the North American Pudelpointer Alliance (NAPPA) only recognizes about 80 utility prized dogs that fit their regulations and are also of breeding age. Also, potential owners need to keep in mind that if they have visions of breeding their pudelpointer in the future, it can be a difficult breed to master.

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"[Pudelpointers] were imported to the U.S. in 1956 by Bodo Winterhelt, who has since become something of a legend in versatile dog circles. Breeding is strictly controlled, and if you want to breed your dog to an officially approved pudelpointer, your pup has to pass some pretty stiff performance tests," says Gun Dog Magazine.

Cedarwood Pudelpointers, one of the respected U.S. breeders, extols the breed, saying these dogs "serve us in the field and marsh as the best versatile hunting dogs available, after all they are NAVHDA's No. 1 performing breed both in Natural Ability testing and also in Utility testing."

While pudelpointers excel in the field, buyers are also likely to want to know if the gun dog can fit in well at home, too.

"Both of my dogs will go tear it up on the prairie but also know when to shut that off — in the house," hunter Luke Kennedy told Gun Dog Magazine of his pudelpointers. "Both live with us in the house and interact with our children very well. ... Their ability to calm down once in the house is very much appreciated, and they don’t shed!"

Though pudelpointers have a ton of natural ability based on their breeding, Kennedy told the magazine his favorite thing about pudelpointers is their trainability. "They’re not your typical knucklehead. They can be soft in a way, although I don’t know if they’re any softer than any of the other pointing breeds. But you can’t beat them with a frying pan. For the most part, you need a lighter hand."

The best thing you can do to ensure the pudelpointer is the right gun dog for you is to do your research about the breed and its few trusted American breeders.

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Pudelpointers are fairly rare in the U.S., being originally bred from the German hunting poodle and the English pointer. Breeders of these gun dogs may be few, but they are serious when it comes to upholding breed standards.
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