Pinpointing the “Best All Around Bird Hunting Dog” may inspire lively debate among the owners of pointers, flushers, retrievers, spaniels, and versatile breeds (isn’t that how dog shows got started in the first place?) but in 2013, the on-line publication, American Hunter, took on the challenge. It looked for the one breed that came closest to handling all aspects of waterfowl/bird dog hunting: Finding, pointing, flushing, trailing, chasing, and fetching. After extensive research, author, Ron Spomer, reported his top choices in each of the aforementioned categories, and concluded with his overall winner. That winner might surprise some of you who’ve never heard of the breed before – the Pudelpointer. Spomer wrote, “A Pudelpointer is equally effective in uplands or wetlands. It nearly matches the Lab in water and comes close to the pointing breeds in the uplands. It hasn’t the class and style of a setter or pointer, hasn’t the flash of a springer, hasn’t the power of a big Lab but comes close to all. It’s intelligent, easily trained, affectionate and loyal. The right German Wirehair could bump off the best Pudelpointer, but so could the right shorthair or Lab. It’s a close call, but if versatility is your need, the Pudelpointer is your champion.”
To see how other breeds fared in Spomer’s list, read here.
Photo of “Jettie” by Andy Kuehn