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Old Danish pointer
Old Danish Pointer
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The Old Danish Pointer is a medium-sized breed of dog, white with brown markings, originally used as
a pointing dog in Denmark.
Old Danish Pointers (Danish: dansk hønsehund, translated "Danish
chicken 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.
Head of Old Danish Pointer
- 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)
- Male 30-35 kg (66-77 lb)
- Female 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.
Danish Pointer circa 1915
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 and Hobro, 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