The Old Danish Pointing Dog, known in his native Denmark as Gammel Dansk Hønsehund, is a versatile hunting dog. Its history can be traced back to the early 1700s to a Danish canine enthusiast named Morten Bak who had a great interest in hunting dogs. Although he probably shared his interest with many other contemporary countrymen, Morten Bak had a passion for creating a specific type of hunting dogs. For eight generations, he crossed local farm dogs with so-called "gypsy dogs," which probably originated from Spanish pointers, and several other hunting breeds. His experimental breeding program produced a strongly built, easy to train, versatile hunting dog.
Photo courtesy of Kleben For Gammel Dansk Hønsehund
During the hunt, these dogs move rather slowly, always maintaining contact with the hunter and accomplishing their task without creating unnecessary disturbance of the ground. The breed is suited for small as well as large hunting grounds.
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The Old Danish Pointer's temperament is described as quiet, stable, courageous, and dtermined. Like all hunting breeds, an Old Danish Pointer needs lots of daily exercise and mental stimulation to keep him at his best.
The coat is short and dense, somewhat hard to the touch. Accepted coat colors include white with brown markings with a few large or many small, brown specks on white. The brown color may vary, but brown to dark brown is preferred. According to the breed standard, the ideal height at the shoulders should be between 19.7 and 23.6 inches. The tail is set high, fairly wide at base, tapering towards the end, carried naturally drooping. Docking is not allowed.
- FCI Standard #281
- Kleben For Gammel Dansk Hønsehund