*Pictured above is Cedarwoods Aces High bred by Bob Farris and owned by Ross Stevens. Used with Permission.
The Pudelpointer, as the name implies, is the result of a combination of poodles(pudels) and pointers. The poodle, which is now mostly regarded as a show dog, was originally a breed known for its flushing abilities and water work. It was also highly regarded for its superior intelligence. The Poodle was considered to be the most intelligent of all dogs. The Pointer is still renowned for its insatiable desire, excellent nose and staunch pointing abilities. In the 1800’s there were a number of crosses between pudels and pointers that resulted in dogs which excelled in the field, but it was not until 1881 that there was an attempt made to develop a new breed that would exhibit the strengths of the two breeds in one dog.
The original dam was a black pudel named Molly. She was bred to a Pointer named Tell, which was owned by Hegewald. Initially the foundation stock was developed through nine breedings of one brown and eight black pudels to nine white and brown pointers. The genetics of the poodle were much more dominant, so over 80 pointers were used with only 11 poodles. In recent years there have been attempts to replenish the pudelpointer bloodlines, and new pointer blood has been re-introduced. The final result was just as Hegewald had planned, and today is the top performing versatile hunting breed in the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association.
The pudelpointer is a wirehaired breed with the intelligence, retrieving and water work of the pudel, coupled with the desire, searching ability, nose and pointing instincts of the pointer. This is why the pudelpointer has become our companion of choice in the field, in the blind, and in the home.
Pudelpointers are registered with the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association and American Field. There is not any affiliation with the AKC, and it is not sought after by breeders of the pudelpointer. The pudelpointer is now and always will be a hunting breed, and they are only placed in homes were they will be utilized as such.