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  • Temperament: Friendly, Smart, Willing to Please
  • Height: 22-26 inches
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: ~14 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

FCI Standard
Pudelpointer standing in a field.
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Pudelpointer on point in a field.
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Pudelpointer head portrait outdoors.
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Pudelpointer hunting leaping into a pond.
©Field Dog Imagery
Pudelpointer stalking in a field.
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Pudelpointer retrieving game in a field.
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Pudelpointer swimming in a pond.
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Pudelpointer leaping over a log through brush.
©Field Dog Imagery
Pudelpointer standing in a snow covered field.
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Pudelpointer leaping into a pond.
©Field Dog Imagery

About the Pudelpointer

The Pudelpointer originated in Germany, created by crossing the Poodle with the Pointer. A versatile, genetically sound and healthy gun dog emerged from this cross and the breed is useful for all kinds of work in the fields, woods and water. His coat can be wire-haired, smooth/short, or rough and his coat color ranges from light brown to black. He may also have small white markings.


Pudelpointer puppy exploring in the grass.
©Field Dog Imagery

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The Pudelpointer should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


The Pudelpointer has a close, flat-lying, hard, rough coat of medium length with a dense undercoat; as a result, he sheds seasonally. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep him clean and looking his best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your dog. The strong, fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting, and cracking. The ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris, which can result in infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Occasional Bath/Brush




The Pudelpointer, as a hunting breed, needs regular exercise. Options for exercise could include play time in the backyard, preferably fenced, or being taken for walks several times a day. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or learning new tricks. Certain outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, or retrieving balls or flying discs can provide a good outlet for expending energy. Note: The Pudelpointer absolutely loves the water! Training for dog sports like agility, obedience, and rally can also be a great way to give your dog exercise.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity
Regular Exercise


Germany, the Pudelpointer’s country of origin, attaches special significance to the breed’s state of health with special emphasis on the prevention of hip dysplasia (HD) and epilepsy in the breed. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Pudelpointers are healthy dogs. Working with aresponsible breeder, prospective owners can gain the education they need to learn about specific health concerns within the breed.

Pudelpointer head portrait in a field.
©Field Dog Imagery


The Pudelpointer is a rough-coated pointing dog that originates from two breeds, the Poodle and the Pointer. The idea behind the breed was to create a dog that combined the Poodle’s intelligence, love of water, retrieving instincts, easy trainability, willingness to please, and protective coat with the Pointer’s endless desire to hunt, birdiness, pointing instincts, field nose and endurance.

The first cross of a Poodle and an English Pointer to establish the new breed took place in Germany in 1881. The sire was an English Pointer owned by Kaiser Frederick III named Tell and the dam, a Poodle named Molly, belonged to a famous Teutonic author on the subject of hunting dogs, Hegewald.

The Poodle’s genes, as a breed, seemed to have been more dominant in passing on. To alter this, many more Pointers than Poodles were introduced into the breeding program to arrive at what the Pudelpointer is today. During the first 30 years of breeding, only 11 Poodles were used as opposed to well over 80 Pointers. After that initial time period, only the occasional reintroduction of the Pointer was needed. After World Wars I and II, the breed became severely depleted and the reintroduction of the Pointer became important again to rebuild the breeding stock.

The first Pudelpointers in North America were imported in 1956. After the breed’s foundation was laid, the Pudelpointer Club of North America was founded in 1977 in Canada.

Did You Know?

The Pudelpointer has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since July 2016.
The Pudelpointer has been approved for Pointing Breed Hunt Tests since July 11, 2016.
The Pudelpointer has been assigned the Sporting Group designation.

The Breed Standard

Colors & Markings


Description Standard Colors Registration Code
Black Check Mark For Standard Color 007
Liver Check Mark For Standard Color 123


Description Standard Markings Registration Code
White Markings Check Mark For Standard Mark 014