NAPS is excited to announce a historic step for the pudelpointer breed in North America.  We are launching the first ever Pudelpointer Inherited Health Registry.  We feel that it is vital to the continued health and well-being of the pudelpointer that we begin this program now.  This program will be led by John Salassa, MD and Doug Rogers, NP and the information will be kept in the Breedmate database used by NAPS.  We are hopeful that this program will help us track inherited health issues in the pudelpointer so that we might keep them to a minimum as the population continues to grow.  As detailed below, this program is voluntary and we hope that our members will agree that keeping this information is vital to the future health of the pudelpointer breed.  Please read the below letter written by John and Doug, outlining the details of this program and how it works.  If you have any questions or submissions please send them to



John Salassa  M.D.,  HiddenAcres Kennel
Ponte Vedra, FL.
Cell  (904) 382-7267


Doug Rogers N.P., Juniper Creek Kennel
Pensacola, FL.
Cell  (850) 776-5549


June 1, 2020


Dear Pudelpointer owner:

Most working-dog breed organizations are collecting inherited health information in an effort to keep their gene pool healthy and improve their dogs.  As Pudelpointers increase in popularity and numbers, this information is critical.  Pudelpointer inherited health issues now appear minor or uncommon compared to other hunting breeds.  I think this is due to their small numbers and historically conscientious breeders.  As the number of breeders increases, this good health record will deteriorate unless we are diligent in identifying health issues early and take steps to address them.  Admittedly, this inherited health registry will not be of much use for the first several years.  However, after 5-7 generations (10-15 years) such a resource should provide a tremendous help in selecting your next dog and preserve Pudelpointer’s healthy gene pool.

A negative health issue in the dam or sire of a litter you are interested in may not necessarily eliminate the litter from your consideration.  Case in example; my first female, Bailey, was base narrow on one canine.  This was fixed in 2 ½ weeks with a dental expander when her permanent teeth came in.  Such an inherited trait is definitely not desirable.  However, she was an excellent hunting and family dog with no other health or behavioral issues.  I went ahead and bred her to a male with no dental issues and a good dental lineage going back 2 generations.  Admittedly, the dental history was suspect in that it was “word of mouth” (phone calls).  The outcome in 2 breeding’s was 2 out of 12 pups (1 in each litter) being base narrow in their puppy teeth and only one in their adult teeth (which was corrected).  All pups were otherwise excellent.   If we keep more accurate records of such issues in the future it may be possible with time to breed base narrow out of the gene pool.  Another important point is that a negative health issue may or may not affect the dog’s ability to become a good hunter and family pet, but will be of importance in selecting a mate for breeding as noted with Bailey.

The Pudelpointer Inherited Health Registry has proposed categories largely based on health issues we have historically seen in the breed.  The reason for categories is to make specific data searches easier.  I welcome any comments or changes to these categories.

They are;

  • Dental – butt bite, overshot, cross bite, base narrow, missing/extra teeth
  • Coat – alopecia, blown coat, open (thin) coat, major white areas, soft coat
  • Nervous system/Behavior – seizures, aggression/biting, compulsive behavior, deafness
  • Eye/eyelid – entropion/ectropion, cherry eye, blindness (PRA)
  • Endocrine – thyroid, diabetes, reproduction/fertility
  • Musculoskeletal – all PENN Hip/OFA data (entered separate in Breedmate), hip/elbow dysplasia, exercise induced collapse(EIC)
  • Digestive – stomach, bowel (bloat)
  • Immunologic – allergies
  • Tumors – benign, malignant (cancer)
  • Other
  • Please submit any genetic testing done as this, along with hip scores, are separate categories.

It is important to only include inherited conditions that occur before the age of 8 years old (with a few exceptions) not acquired conditions (infections, trauma).  To help clarify any questions, we have agreed that all inquiries and submissions will come thru me John Salassa (M.D.) or Doug Rogers (N.P.).  We welcome additional reviewers with medical/veterinarian/genetic backgrounds. We will then forward appropriate issues for entry into Breedmate.  Please contact Doug or me with any questions.  When submitting by e-mail to  make sure you include your phone number.  You should expect a phone call from one of us.

Lastly, we encourage you to submit both past and current pedigree health data when available.  All submissions should include the registered kennel name of the dog, dam & sire, registration #, condition or diagnosis from your veterinarian, birth date, and age of diagnosis.  Also, ask your veterinarian if they would mind if you gave their contact information to Doug or me for a possible phone call.

This process is voluntary.  I hope all of you will agree that faithful participation will keep Pudelpointers healthy and continue to set pudelpointers apart from other hunting dogs.

Questions and comments are welcome.

John Salassa M.D.

Doug Rogers P.A.