Old Danish Pointing Dog

Other names: Ancestral Danish Pointing Dog, Gammel Dansk Hønsehund, Old Danish Pointer

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The Old Danish Pointing Dog is a medium-sized dog, with a formable silhouette in a rectangle and strong build. The male appears to be much more powerful and well-built than the female, who is lighter and more lively.



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Hair type Short
Origin Denmark
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 26 kg to 31 kg From 50 cm to 56 cm
Male From 30 kg to 35 kg From 54 cm to 60 cm
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History of the breed

The Old Danish Pointing Dog corresponds to a rather old breed, originating in the region of Glenstrup , not far from the current capital of Denmark, Copenhagen. From the beginning of the 18th century, a local inhabitant by the name of Morten Bak began a work of crossing and selection over 8 generations , notably combining contributions of Bohemian dogs and local farm dogs. This is how the Dog of Bak was born. From the latter, the breed of the Old Danish Pointing Dog developed to lead to the one we know today, benefiting from the passage of contributions from the Chien de Saint-Hubert.

Used for hare and fox tracking , the Old Danish Pointing Dog has become popular in its country, but remains quite rare and unrecognized outside its borders. The Danish Kennel Club recognized the breed standard in 1962. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) followed suit 7 years later, on April 2, 1969.

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Physical features

His hair: short, tight, rather hard to the touch, evenly distributed over the whole body.
Its color: always white with dark brown markings. The marks consist of a few large areas and multiple speckles.
His head: short and broad. The skull is rounded. The nose is fleshy, well defined and the nostrils well open. The muzzle is broad, the lips well developed and the jaws powerfully articulated in scissors. The cheeks are well defined and muscular.
His ears: hanging down, close to the cheeks, set low, wide and with slightly rounded ends.
His eyes: ideally dark in color and medium in size.
His body: writable in a rectangle. The neck is muscular and well covered with hair, the withers well extended, the back solid and well muscled, the loins short and wide, the croup slightly inclined towards the base of the tail, the chest well let down, developed and broad.
Its tail: attached moderately high, strong at its attachment and tapering towards its end. Of medium length (almost reaching the hock), carried hanging down.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Old Danish Pointing Dog   is an energetic dog who knows how to stay calm. Characterized by a balanced personality , he is very attached to his master , sociable , and intelligent . He is therefore a very good companion dog coupled with an excellent hunting dog who does not get excited for nothing. In hunting, he shows great courage and a lot of determination. He walks slowly and rarely moves away from his master. The Old Danish Pointing Dog is also appreciated by hunters for its ability to evolve on both small and large hunting areas. While she is generally more lively than the male, the female also tends to be more temperamental.

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The Old Danish Pointing Dog   is an easy dog to train due to his attachment to his master, his intelligence and his calm . As with most breeds of dogs, a good mix of firmness and softness gives them a quality education .

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Old Danish Pointing Dog   is not a house dog . If he enjoys spending time indoors, with his family, he must be able to have an outdoor space to express himself fully and feel free . An active dog, he is intended for people sufficiently available to offer him long daily walks and prevent him from feeling lonely.


Ease of gaining weight

The Old Danish Pointing Dog   is a sturdy, resilient and generally healthy dog. On the other hand, be careful not to isolate him , because he hates it and this can be harmful to his mental health.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an Old Danish Pointing Dog is, on average, between 10 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Old Danish Pointing Dog   is a very easy to maintain dog. His short coat does not pose a particular problem at this level. Its hanging ears should be inspected regularly to prevent debris deposits and infections.


He   requires minimal brushing, but monthly. A systematic examination of the condition of his pads and the inside of his ears should be done after each outing to ensure the absence of foreign bodies.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
1000 €

The purchase price of an Old Danish Pointing Dog is between 600 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of an Old Danish Pointing Dog is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

He needs a lot of exercise . If he is calm outside of the hunting action, he must be stimulated each day through long outings.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 7: Pointing dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1962


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