Old Danish Pointing Dog
Other names: Old Danish Bird Dog, Gammel Dansk Hønsehund
The Old Danish Pointer is a solidly built dog belonging to the agile and intelligent Pointer group of dog breeds. The dog is still used in some parts of the world as a hunter because of its excellent sense of smell and ability to move almost silently across the ground. The usual prey of the Old Danish Pointer is avian.
Key facts about the Old Danish Pointing Dog
Life expectancy :
Temperament :Affectionate Calm Hunter
Origins and history
The Old Danish Pointer is thought to have come about as a breed following the merger of several other farm dogs over the course of eight generations of breeding. The recognisable breed is said to have arrived in 1710 in northern Jutland (modern-day Denmark).
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 7 - Pointing Dogs
Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs
Physical characteristics of the Old Danish Pointing Dog
Female : Between 20 and 22 in
Male : Between 21 and 24 in
Female : Between 57 and 68 lb
Male : Between 66 and 77 lb
White with large brown patches and small brown specks or a mixture of both.
Type of coat
Smooth, short-haired, single coat.
A strong and solid dog is the Old Danish Pointer. It is a well-proportioned dog with large feet ideally suited to move quietly and effortlessly across marshy land. The male of this breed is considerably more muscular than the female.
Good to know
The Pointer is traditionally employed to locate game. Its three main skills of hunting are:
1. To point (the location of prey)
2. To honour (its instructions)
3. To retrieve (dead or wounded game)
An affectionate dog despite its hunting heritage, the well-adjusted Old Danish Pointer does not tend to be aggressive.
An active dog that likes to play and interact, and will do so all day long if given the opportunity.
This is a quiet and stable dog; one that is not easily upset or nervous.
This dog is highly intelligent, well-adjusted to its living with humans and generally sensible; it needs positive and regular interaction to remain thus.
This dog is more a helper than a hunter; its purpose during a hunt is to point to and retrieve the prey rather than kill it. As a result the Old Danish Pointer does not have a high prey drive.
Fearful / wary of strangers
The Old Danish Pointer tends to be wary of new people visiting its domain.
Old Danish Pointers were bred to work together with their master. They are not overly independent and rely heavily on positive feedback and praise from their owner.
Behaviour of the Old Danish Pointing Dog
This dog does not tolerate solitude. Separation anxiety is seen of Pointers that are left alone for long periods of time.
Easy to train / obedience
The dog is reasonably easy to train. However training must be done properly and consistently and at all times the trainer must make an effort to hold the attention of the Pointer.
This dog doesn't bark to excess and soon settles once a perceived ‘danger’ has passed.
Tendency to run away
A well-trained Pointer can be recalled; of untrained dogs and puppies there is observed a tendency to chase a scent or moving object.