The dog in the photo above is a pudelpointer. And the hunter is a former high school classmate of mine, Scott Kossan.
I recently had the chance to reconnect with Scott at my 30-year high school reunion and learned a lot about this most interesting hunting breed. Scott runs Rock Creek Kennel , a NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) registered kennel, located about 1 hour north of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
According to Scott, Rock Creek pudelpointers are versatile gun-dogs that are tested and proven on wild birds. By "versatile," Scott means that his dogs are intense pointers and eager retrievers. And he should know because he's trained and handled many different breeds of dogs, including most of the gun dog breeds, hounds and even police K9s. (Scott recently retired from the Minneapolis PD, with which he served since 1987.)
Scott and his family are avid waterfowl and upland game enthusiasts, and they pursue a wide variety of game in numerous states. He says pudelpointers are very adaptable and have the staying power and endurance to last throughout the demanding hunting season from September through January.
I hope to find this out for myself on a grouse or woodcock hunt this fall with one of Scott's pudelpointers. I'll keep you posted.
FYI: According to the Rock Creek Kennel website, Scott is currently planning and accepting deposits for 2015 litters. Pups from planned breedings in 2014 are sold out. A $100 deposit is required to hold a pup from these breedings. Total cost for a pup is $1,400.