The dog may look like a German Wirehaired Pointer or Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, but the Pudelpointer is neither. The breed was born in Germany in 1881 when Baron Von Zedlitz crossed Kaiser Frederick III’s English Pointer, “Tell,” with a German Hunting Pudel bitch named, “Molly,” owned by a famous Teutonic author on the subject of hunting dogs. The idea came at a time when versatile gun dogs were developed for people who hunted waterfowl, upland, and furred game, but could only afford one dog. The goal was to come up with the quintessential hunting dog: Intelligent, obedient, water-crazy and driven to retrieve, all in the protective Poodle coat. During the first 30 years, 90 Pointers and 11 Pudels were used to refine and maintain the breed (though there are some who maintain that the Poodles used were really Barbet).
In 1956, German trainer, Sigbot ‘Bodo’ Winterhelt, brought the breed to North America with the intent to establish a breed of versatile hunting dogs with fixed traits that would breed true generation after generation. His Winterhelle Kennel was the foundation of the breed in North America, but Winterhelt also started the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA), to protect and support the training and testing of versatile hunting dogs. In 1977, he founded the Pudelpointer Club of North America in Canada.
Pudelpointers figure prominently in today’s NAVHDA utility tests, and in Germany, a Pudelpointer dog or bitch won’t be approved for breeding until the dog passes performance tests set by various breed clubs such as the Verein Pudelpointer in Germany, and the NAPPA, PCNA and VPP-GNA in North America.
Image of a Pudelpointer via Pinterest via Royal Canin Canada