The Poodle Pointer is a mix of the Pointer and Poodle breeds. It is a versatile hunting dog and has a reputation as a hardy all-rounder. Breeders only give a breed like this for hunting management.
Poodle pointers are relatively large dogs. They have a height at the withers between 55 and 68 centimeters and a weight between 20 and 30 kilos.
The croup slopes towards the tail. This forms a straight line with the croup.
Flat and slightly rounded at the sides, the skull has medium sized, close fitting ears. These are rounded to the tip.
The body of the dogs is muscular with strong legs and a coat of medium length. This is very dense and wiry. It appears in brown, black and wheat colors with a length of four to six centimeters. Beard and a forelock are other typical features.
Poodle pointers are intended exclusively for hunting guidance. For this reason a docked tail is permitted by law.
It is a robust and persistent breed without special requirements. The weatherproof coat allows the dogs to be outdoors all year round.
The animals are strong nerves, fearless and willing to work. They are considered intelligent, adaptive, balanced and easy to handle.
Poodle Pointers have a very strong urge to move. Also, the animals show a high need for employment and a strong hunting instinct.
They have the fine nose of the pointer. This makes the dogs well suited for retrieving. Also, the Poodle Pointer likes to swim, so they are good for duck hunting. In general, the animals are considered versatile thoroughbred hunting dogs.
Kennel keeping is not recommended, Poodle Pointers need direct connection to their humans. The animals are also suitable as protection dogs for house and yard, as well as family dogs.
However, in the first place they are predestined for hunting. All other activities are complementary and take second place. With good care, the Poodle Pointers can easily reach an age of up to 15 years.
The right food
Poodle Pointers are undemanding when it comes to diet. They rarely have allergies or intolerances. A good diet should have, above all, a high meat content. The meat should be of high quality. A grain content as low as possible is recommended. Also, if possible, high-quality food does not contain artificial additives.
In general, dry and wet foods are equally valid alternatives for feeding dogs.
The age and activity of a dog play a decisive role in the diet. Large dogs like the poodle pointer also eat more than smaller animals. Here a veterinary consultation can be useful to find out the right amount of food for your dog.
You should be careful with puppy food. It is particularly rich in nutrients and large breeds like the Poodle Pointer grow very quickly with it. However, this can cause damage to bones and joints.
The poodle pointer also tolerates the diet of raw meat. This form of nutrition is also called "barfen".
As snacks for in between, different chewing items are suitable. These are also good as employment for the animals. Here, too, you should pay attention to a high quality. Artificial additives should be avoided if possible.
Well suited are chews made from beef ingredients. But also chews from horse, pig or even kangaroo are available on the market. Here, the taste of your dog decides.
Bones are also suitable snacks. But they should only be the bones of larger farm animals such as cattle or pigs. All other bones splinter too quickly and can seriously injure the animals.
Poodle pointer care
Poodle pointers are generally very robust and easy to care for dogs. The animals do not require special care. Due to their dense fur, they are also insensitive to cold weather. Occasional brushing is quite sufficient.
The claws of the dogs need a little more attention. The hunt-led animals are mostly on soft natural grounds. Accordingly, their claws wear relatively little. You should trim them regularly. This will prevent them from breaking off and causing injuries.
Every now and then you should check the ears of the animals and clean them carefully if necessary. Breeders usually give the Poodle Pointer only in the hands of hunters. He needs a lot of activity and consistent education. He is also very active and has a high urge to move.
When not hunting, long walks and dog sports are very important. Also the animals need personal connection to their humans. Then they are also good family dogs.
If, on the other hand, the dog is mentally and physically underchallenged, behavioral problems quickly become apparent. Especially dominance problems occur frequently in such cases.
A Poodle Pointer is not suitable for keeping in a city apartment. He must be able to actively move in the open air every day.
Since the poodle pointer is undemanding, it does not require many accessories. Leash and collar are part of the basic equipment. These are available in plastic or leather. A longer leash over five meters gives the animals the necessary freedom of movement during walks.
Bowls for food and water are also part of the basic equipment. These should correspond to the size of the dog. A stand or rubberized bottoms prevent slipping.
For quiet hours at home are recommended dog blanket, dog basket or dog bed. These should be made of washable materials.
For hunting training there are different articles from dummies to food bags. Here it depends on the individual training.
Dog toys and chews can supplement hunting training. They also serve as employment. In general, you should also attach importance to high-quality materials. For the transport a transport box is recommended. These are available in metal and plastic. It should correspond to the size of the dog. Larger boxes are particularly practical with wheels.
Origin & History
The Poodle Pointer comes from a cross between a large poodle and a pointer. It is a German dog breed.
The first specimens resulted from an unplanned mating of pointer and poodle around 1880. The resulting animals stood out for their excellent hunting performance. They combined the intelligence and docility of the poodle with the hunting skills of the pointer. Interest in the dogs was quickly aroused and systematic breeding began.
At the end of the 19th century, the "Verein Pudelpointer" was founded in Darmstadt. It successfully represents the relatively small breed until today. Annually there are hardly more than 100 puppies.
The international canine governing body officially recognizes the Poodle Pointer as a breed. They are members of the group 7 (pointing dogs). In the group of pointing dogs the dog belongs to the section 1 (continental pointing dogs).
To this day, the first priority in breeding is the hunting management of the animals.