A mix between the Poodle and the English Pointer, the Pudelpointer was originally bred in Germany as a retrieving dog. Although primarily a working hunting dog, this breed also possesses a lovely, warm, friendly and affectionate side to its personality.

The Pudelpointer is an active dog with huge stamina and therefore requires an owner who can keep up with its tremendous need for exercise. Easy to train and calm within the home, it makes a terrific family companion despite also being a skilled hunter.

Key facts about the Pudelpointer

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Temperament :

Playful Intelligent Hunter

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Origins and history

The Pudelpointer’s story starts in 1881, when German breeders sought to find the perfect hunting breed. After years of trial and error, they eventually mixed Poodles with English pointers and found exactly what they were looking for - a loyal yet extremely capable hunting dog! Today, the breed is popular in Germany but is still fairly rare in the UK.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 7 - Pointing Dogs


Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs

Physical characteristics of the Pudelpointer

Adult size

Female : Between 22 and 25 in

Male : Between 24 and 27 in


Female : Between 55 and 66 lb

Male : Between 55 and 66 lb

Coat colour

Type of coat

Eye colour



The Pudelpointer is a medium-sized dog, often described as awkward looking due to its unique moustache and heavy eyebrows. But with it boasting shaggy, floppy ears and sparkling, bright eyes, we think the Pudelpointer is actually rather adorable! The body is strong, well-muscled and athletic whilst being very slightly longer than it is tall.

Good to know

The Pudelpointer is a natural swimmer. In fact, as soon as it sets its eyes on a body of water, it’ll be straight in there!


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    Often described as warm, friendly and affectionate, forming tight-knit bonds to its family. Loves company, but really flourishes in the field.

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    As a lover of company and exercise, playtime makes the perfect pass-time for a Pudelpointer.

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    The Pudelpointer can be chilled-out in the home - providing its had enough exercise, of course!

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    Bred from two highly intelligent breeds, making for a super smart pooch.

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    Bred to hunt and retrieve, the Pudelpointer possesses a strong hunting instinct and shouldn’t be trusted around small animals.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    Naturally wary of strangers, the Pudelpointer requires extensive socialisation as a puppy to ease shyness.

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    Intelligent and capable of making decisions independently whilst out at work, but not known to be stubborn or willful.

    Behaviour of the Pudelpointer

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      Tolerates solitude

      The Pudelpointer forms extremely close bonds with its family, meaning it’s highly prone to separation anxiety. Requires an owner or family who can provide company for most of the day.

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      Easy to train / obedience

      Very eager to please and intelligent, making it easy to train. Positive reinforcement methods, rewards-based training and consistency works a treat! Recall training is especially important because its hunting instinct is very prominent.

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      Like many hunting dogs, this one will bark a lot.

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      Tendency to run away

      Due to the Pudelpointer’s retrieving instincts, it’s quite likely to run away and bring back a ‘surprise’ of sorts. This breed needs to be trained well on and off the lead from a young age, otherwise, it will pull on the lead or run away.

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      Generally calm, but can become destructive if left alone for too long or under-exercised.

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      Greedy / Gluttony

      Treats can be a great help in perfecting his education, and motivating the Pudelpointer towards good behaviour.

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      Guard dog

      Due to the Pudelpointer’s natural suspicion of strangers, it makes a fantastic watchdog and will bark loudly at any unfamiliar faces.

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      First dog

      The Pudelpointer does make a fantastic companion, but as a working/hunting breed, its exercise requirements may be too much for a first-time dog owner.

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        Pudelpointer in a flat

        The Pudelpointer is a hardworking and sporty dog ​​that can not live in a closed environment. Life in an apartment is therefore not recommended, and even if it lives in the countryside, it must not stay locked in the house or even the garden.

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        Need for exercise / Sporty

        As a working breed, this dog has a high exercise requirement and needs to live in an active household. Ideally, it will be walked for at least 1-2 hours per day and have plenty of active playtime on top of this.

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        Travelling / easy to transport

        The Pudelpointer isn’t a huge breed, so should be quite easy to transport in the car. It may become restless during long journeys due to its high exercise requirement.


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          Pudelpointer and cats

          A highly socialised Pudelpointer may tolerate cats if they grow up side by side.

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          Pudelpointer and dogs

          If well-socialised, he generally gets along well with other dogs.

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          Pudelpointer and children

          Gentle, warm and affectionate around kids, the Pudelpointer is fantastic family dog.

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          Pudelpointer and the elderly

          This breed has a high exercise requirement which elderly owners may struggle to keep up with.



          We do not have enough data to set an average price.

          Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £100 to £150 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.


          The Pudelpointer will simply need once or twice weekly brushing to remove hair and distribute oils. Beyond this, an occasional bath with gentle dog shampoo, regular ear cleaning, daily tooth brushing and monthly nail clipping will keep the Pudelpointer in good condition.


          Moderate shedders, considered hypoallergenic.

          Nutrition of the Pudelpointer

          Requires a high-quality large or working breed formula due to high energy requirements. He should not work on a full belly, so meals should be in the evening.

          Health of the Pudelpointer

          Life expectancy

          The life expectancy for the Pudelpointer is 13 years.

          Strong / robust

          A strong and agile dog, who may require some attention after hunts.

          Withstand heat

          Can tolerate warm weather, but won’t cope well in high temperatures due to its double coat.

          Withstand cold

          Has a weather-resistant, double coat, meaning it tolerates cold weather well. Generally prefers cold weather to hot weather, but should be kept dry and protected from extreme cold.

          Tendency to put on weight

          This breed is not particularly prone to gaining weight.

          Common illnesses

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