Posts Tagged ‘Pudelpointer’
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
It’s a long way from Montana to Minnesota, but provided they don’t go bust, you’ll see Pheasants Forever member Todd Wirthlin and his Pudelpointer, “Tana Montana,” representing the breed in the Bird Dog Parade at this year’s National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic event coming up in February (if you’re interested in participating in the Bird Dog Parade, click here).
Have your own bird dog photo you’d like to share? Email it to Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor, at email@example.com.
Sunday, May 8th, 2011
The June/July issue of Gun Dog magazine landed in my mailbox last week with an intriguing cover teaser: “Making a Comeback: The Standard Poodle.” The author of the article, James B. Spencer, comes out swinging against the thought running through most of your minds right now:
“Poodles hunt? You gotta be kiddin’ me!”
Spencer explains there are in fact three different sizes of poodles; toy, miniature and standard. Although AKC categorizes all poodles into the non-sporting group, the standard poodle does in fact have a long hunting history. Spencer writes that standard poodles have been a popular breed of bird dog since Middle Age times.
Here are a few key nuggets about the standard poodle:
- Males weigh 45 to 60 pounds, while females tend to be a bit lighter at 40 to 50 pounds.
- They are lean and muscular with boundless energy and great stamina.
- Most common coat color is black, but some are gray, brown, apricot or white.
- A standard poodle’s coat doesn’t shed and is hypoallergenic.
- Hunters with poodles typically trim their dog’s coats down to one inch long all over for easier post-field grooming.
- Although stereotyped as a trick dog, standard poodles are very smart and easy to train for hunting.
- Their temperament is friendly and eager to please.
- The standard poodle hunts as a flusher and retriever.
- In 1881, Germans bred the standard poodle with an English pointer to create the pointing breed known today as the Pudelpointer.
- Standard poodles can be successfully used to hunt waterfowl or upland.
Personally, I have only hunted with a standard poodle on one occasion. Although the pup was a mere eight months old during that particular hunt, I was impressed by the dog’s natural ability, interest in birds, enthusiasm to retrieve and overall obedience. In fact, I know two Pheasants Forever colleagues with standard poodles as their hunting dogs.
So tell me, have you hunted birds behind a standard poodle? How did the pup stack up as a bird dog?
The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.