The Old Danish Pointer
is a medium-sized breed
, white with brown markings, originally used as a pointing dog
Old Danish Pointers (danish: dansk hønsehund, translated danish chiken dog)are strongly built. One of the most charming features of the breed is the great difference between male and female. While the dog is powerful and substantial, the bitch is characterized by being lighter, more spirited, and capricious.
- Height at the withers:
- Male 54-60 cm (21-23.5 in), above 56 cm (22 in) preferred.
- Female 50-56 cm (19.5-22 in), above 52 cm (20 in) preferred.
- Male 30-35 kg (66-77 lb)
- Bitch 26-31 kg (57-68 lb)
Conveys the impression of a quiet and stable dog showing determination and courage. During the hunt, the dog progresses rather slowly, always maintaining contact with the hunter and accomplishing its task as a pointing dog
without creating unnecessary disturbance of the ground. The breed is suited for small as well as large hunting grounds.
This is a friendly family dog, as long as it gets its exercise. It is fast and active outdoors and quiet indoors, but is not suitable for apartments or small yards.
The origin of the breed can be traced back to about the year 1710 when a man named Morten Bak, living in Glenstrup near the towns of Randers
, crossed gypsy dogs through 8 generations with local farmdogs and in this way established a pure breed of piebald
white and brown dogs called Bakhounds or Old Danish Pointers. The local farmers called their farmdogs Bloodhounds
, but it seems more likely that these hounds were offspring from the Squire’s scent hounds, which in turn were descended primarily from St. Hubert Hounds
. Likewise it is probable that the gypsy dogs generally descended from Spanish Pointing Dogs and other breeds of scent hounds, so in many ways St.Hubert Hounds have contributed to the Old Danish Pointer.