NAVHDA Breeders Award
Whether you are looking for a skilled hunting dog or a faithful family dog, the Pudelpointer is everything you’ve been searching for. A cross of a German poodle and an English pointer, the breed is well known to be one of the best – if not the very best – versatile hunting breeds available. As intelligent and adept as Pudelpointers are in the field, they are an equally excellent companion in the home. There is no better breed for both a gun dog and a family dog.
Steve Bowman comes from five generations of hunters and outdoorsmen. Born in the middle of the Heartland in Kansas, Bowman now resides in Tennessee and has hunted across the USA. Bowman raised his children the same way he was raised – in the great outdoors. The family has owned and trained various breeds of dogs over the years, including border collies for moving cattle and labs for retrieving. It was his combined passions for the outdoors, hunting, his family, and dogs that started Bowman on the search for a dog that would be both the perfect hunting partner and family companion. What he found was the Pudelpointer – and Bo.
Our operation is located in the rolling hills of middle Tennessee. We have multiple facilities designed to cater to our dogs. When not in the house or hunting, our dogs enjoy the best of accommodations. Each has a private kennel with indoor foam insulated conditioned space, heated floors, and access to an outdoor private run. Expecting moms have private whelping rooms equipped with every amenity to keep them and their puppies safe and comfortable. The whelping rooms lead to a private outdoor patio where mom can enjoy some much-deserved alone time. Additional buildings include climate-controlled training areas for year-round activities. Our 80x125 indoor arena eliminates rain days. Our facilities are located on 50 continual acres which include various terrain, training pond, and an artesian well feeding a cold water creek.
“Since my outdoor adventures included many different activities, I’ve searched for one breed that was versatile enough to excel in a variety of activities. It also had to be a great fit for my family, including children and grandchildren. After extensive research, my choice for the perfect versatile companion was the Pudelpointer. I then began a search to find my new partner. Most breeders I spoke with had a long waiting list, some up to two years.
I got lucky and located a breeder on the Colorado/Wyoming border that had just had a litter. I immediately secured a male puppy. Once the pup was 8 weeks old, I traveled over 1,200 miles one way to get my pup. Since that time, Bo has been all I desired and more. He is my daily companion. From tracking, pointing, retrieving, and the occasional fishing trip, Bo has never disappointed. He is also the perfect family dog since he is hypoallergenic and has limited shedding. From oldest to youngest, the whole family fell in love with Bo.
I joined the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) and entered Bo in the natural ability test. This was both of our first time at the formal field test with judges from across the country. Bo was only 12 months old. When we arrived, everyone was nice and welcomed us even though we were definitely the green horns. The test consists of several events that test for use of nose, search, water, pointing, tracking, desire to work, and cooperation. There was a possible 112 points. At the day’s end, Bo had achieved a perfect score of 112! This is a testament of how trainable the breed is. Most are truly natural and instinctive with training. I was so proud of Bo. We were congratulated by everyone, including the judges. Being our first event, I told everyone that Bo taught me, not the other way around.
Since that time, I have acquired other high performing Pudelpointers and started Bowman Kennels. Our goal is to produce outstanding versatile hunting companions who are true family members. I want others to experience the joy these dogs have brought to my family.”
“Being a military family, we have a ton of friends, everyone who comes over comments on how good he is for a puppy. I have no worries leaving him alone with the kids because he is so patient and good with children. I grew up with dogs, he is the smartest, most loving and loyal dog I've met. I don't think he has a mean bone in his body.”
- Wesley T.
“Thank you, Steve and Brittany at Bowman Kennels, for helping us find our new baby boy! Our family recently said goodbye to our 15-year-old pup, we were completely heartbroken, and it was a bit too quiet in our house. Steve and Brittany emailed and spoke to me for an entire week trying to help us find a pup that would be the best fit for our family. We cannot thank you enough for your patience, your quick response time, the amount of detail you provided, and the kindness/support you offered through the process! Even though the Bowman's were expecting a new litter, Steve & his dad even went out of their way to meet us halfway between Virginia & Tennessee! Thank you so much for helping to fill our home with even more love and cuteness than before! We are over the moon with our new boy, Tripp! Looking forward to making many new memories with him!”
- Justine S.
“We LOVED working with her breeder, so if you’re looking for a pup like this, I highly recommend @Bowmankennels. I cannot say enough good things about the whole process with them from start to finish!”
- Kimber H.
"Day 4 with our new Tigmite! Thanks to Bowman Kennels, couldn't have asked for a better experience with this breeder. #pudelpointer"
- John V.
"I have nothing but great things to say about Bowman Kennels. Brittany was extremely communicative and answered any questions at all hours of the day. She replied to my inquiry email and had secured our spot in line within 2 hours! Our precious Chloe is all we had dreamed of and more. She is happy and healthy. I would recommend this breeder to anyone searching for a pudelpointer without any reservations."
- Courtney B.
"Our dogs are not just our hunting companions, but are a part of our daily lives, and are included in our adventures all over the United States.
From the moment we first read Steve and Bo's story, we thought that Bowman Kennels had our next dog. One conversation with Brittany later, we were sure. Highly recommend this kennel for their approach and their dogs, not to mention Brittany, who continues to answer any and all questions at all times of day."
- Erin G.
"Thanks to Bowman Kennels, couldn't have asked for a better experience with this breeder. Brittany was great on keeping us informed and with facilitating departure."
- Maria M.
"Amazing people and awesome to work with. They answer any question you ask and are happy to help you wherever they can. Couldn’t say enough good things about them and their dogs!"
- Eric P.
“From start to finish Bowman Kennels was incredible to work with. Brittany was so helpful through the entire process and was very responsive to all of our questions/concerns. We worked with her for about 7 months. Before getting our puppy she made the process very easy. From the moment our puppy got home we could tell what a great temperament she had and how easily she is picking up the training. Highly recommend it!!”
- Kevin W.