The Old Danish Pointer dog, also known as Danish Pointer, was officially registered only in 1962. But its origin dates back to the 17th century and the most probable hypothesis is that it came from the Spanish or Italian Pointers imported into the country at the time and later crossed with different localhunting breeds.
The well-known persecution of Gypsies began in Denmark almost a 100 years before the Pointing Dog was created and continued during times of development of the breed. It is not known how famous dogs of the Gypsy tribes have played the role of in the birth of the Danish Pointers, but it is even mentioned in the section “History” of the breed standard of the International Canine Federation.
In its homeland Denmark, this breed is very popular and puppies for sale are sought after by many hunters. However, the Danish Pointer is still a rare dog in Europe and North America.
The average height of the male representatives is between 52 and 58 cm. Females are a little bit shorter - between 48 to 52 cm. The weight is about 18 to 24 kg. The body is long and muscular with loose skin on the neck. The dog has deep and broad chest, sturdy and tight cross. The limbs has healthy and strong bones. The paws are round, with tight toes and tough pads. The tail is medium in size, thick andtapering towards the end. The ears are long, curved at the top, hanging. The coat is short and thick. The main color is white with red, tan or brown spots all over the body.
Character and behavior
It is a solid, hard and courageous dog, able to hold its position during hunting. It is multi-functional and able to hunt on different terrains. Furthermore, the Old Danish Pointing Dog is good-natured, gentle and affectionate pet.
It is well known for its pointing instinct. It points out Galliformes birds and those that are part of the Phasianidae family. This dog is a great companion and not a Chicken dog as its name in Danish language suggests.
Training and education
The Old Danish Pointer is a stable and quiet dog, but is also determined and courageous. Such breed needs a confident and firm owner with the qualities of a leader. Your puppy should know that you are the boss from a very young age. You should educate and train your Danish Pointer with patience and passion. Early socialization is a must.
The Old Danish Pointer Dog is very healthy. No major genetic problems have been recorded. However, like other hunting breeds, this dog can suffer from hip dysplasia, and some other joint issues. The average life span is between 12 and 14 years.
Grooming and care
Your Danish Pointer needs space and movement. Keep in mind that it is a hunter by nature and you should give it the chance to play or work in open air.
It is recommended to brush hair at least 3-4 times per week to keep the coat in good condition. Check the eyes and ears regularly to avoid the risk of infections.
Children and other pets
Old Danish Pointer gets along very well with children and other pets. It is well known for its gentle and kind approach and gentle behavior with small kids. Of course, small pets and especially birds, are always in danger near a hunting dog.
The Old Danish Pointer is registered in FCI, ACA, DKK and DRA. Still to this day the AKC refuses to accept the breed.