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GENERALBreed group: Sporting Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Hunting, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 44-66 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: About 14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Pudelpointer is a versatile hunting dog that originated from Germany. The pointing breed is developed from a cross between the German hunting poodle (pudel) and the English Pointer. The breeder's goal was to develop an intensive pointer that had a love of water and retrieving and that had the tracking ability to recover wounded or crippled game. The dog is strong, speedy dogs that cover a lot of ground. They make wonderful gun dogs for the hunter on foot as they hunt for the gun before and after the shot. As the dog are inquisitive, friendly, eager to please and cooperative makes them the perfect companion both at home and in the field. As intelligent and eager to please dogs, they are highly trainable.
The dog's coat color usually comes in Liver, Chestnut and occasionally Black.
The dog's medium length coat is close, flat lying, hard and rough. It has a dense undercoat. The length of the top coat at the withers is 4-6 cm. The coat on the belly is close and dense while the head shows a beard and a wood shaving like forelock. The coat's harshness and density should provide as a shield against the changing weather and injuries as possible. These dogs shed very little.
This dog is friendly, eager to please, cooperative and inquisitive dogs. They are also gentle and get along well with children making them suitable as house pets. If they were raised with other dogs and cats at home, they will also be fine to live with them. Very versatile working dogs that are used to hunt and point upland game, retrieve from land and water, and track both small and large game. Loyal and devoted dogs that are perfect as watchdogs as well.
The dog's wiry, coarse and dense coats will need regular weekly brushing to keep it from dead hair and looking good. As hunting dogs, they don't need much clipping as their coat acts as a protection from the weather. The breed is known to be generally healthy and free from any genetic diseases. They are prone to ear infections because of their long drooping ears. Make sure to check it daily and after any activity done in the outdoors. Given proper nutrition and care, sufficient exercise and regular visits to the vet, these dogs can live up to 14 years on the average.
The Pudelpointers would love affection and togetherness around the home. As they are watchful and protective, the dog is very suitable as a restrained watchdog. As a dog with high intelligence and that loves having work to do, these dogs are fairly easy to train. Training should be at an early age, consistent and positive. The dog is an excellent hunter by nature who tends to work closely with their partner, checking in frequently. They also have a gentle nature and the desire to please their owners which makes them a highly trainable pointer. Training tracking dogs to track should be done naturally: the object instead is to motivate it properly and teach it to maintain focus on a single track and ignore others that might seem more interesting to an untrained dog. The dog must be motivated to continue searching for a scent for a long period of time as this can actually be very fatiguing for a dog.
These hunting dogs will need brisk walk and jogging when they are not hunting. They are also run along side their owners while biking or skating for a more energy draining walk. As hunting dongs, these dogs don't do well in apartment or small space living. Walks should emphasize that the dog is a pack member by heeding them beside or behind the handler. A securely fenced yard would also benefit the dog to help with his exercise needs. Play will surely fulfill the dog's exercise needs; however, as any other breed, their primal instinct to walk will still need to be satisfied.