Old Danish Pointing Dog

Old Danish Pointing Dog Breed description: Character & Co


Origin and history

The Old Danish Pointing Dog, also known as the "Old Danish Chicken Dog", is a historically significant dog breed from Denmark.

  • Origin: This breed has its roots in Denmark in the early 18th century. It was originally bred for hunting and is considered one of the oldest European pointing dog breeds.
  • Development: The Old Danish Pointing Dog was created by crossing local hunting dogs with other European pointing dogs. The aim was to breed a dog with excellent hunting skills and a calm temperament.
  • Historical significance: It was mainly used for bird hunting and was very popular with Danish noblemen. His ability to track down and point game made him a valued hunting companion.

Suitability and use

The Old Danish Pointing Dog is a versatile dog that excels both in hunting and as a family companion.

  • Hunting abilities: With an excellent sense of smell and a natural pointing ability, the Old Danish Pointing Dog is an excellent hunting dog. It is particularly suitable for work in open fields and forests.
  • Family dog: In addition to its role as a hunting dog, it is also known for its friendly and even-tempered nature, which makes it an ideal family dog.
  • Adaptability: The Old Danish Pointing Dog adapts well to different living conditions. It is suitable for both country life and an urban environment as long as it receives sufficient exercise and mental stimulation.


The Old Danish Pointing Dog is a versatile and robust dog breed, ideal for hunting and as a loving family companion. Its adaptability to different living conditions and its friendly nature make it a valuable member of any household. When purchasing an Old Danish Pointing Dog, its need for regular exercise and mental challenge should be considered to ensure its health and well-being.

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Old Danish pointer on a path in the forest in winter Old Danish pointing dog walking on a forest path in winter
Alternate Name Gammel Dansk Honsehund, Old Danish Hound
Origin Denmark
Life expectancy 12 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average to high
FCI group Continental Pointing Dogs
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Character traits of the Old Danish Pointing Dog

  • Calm and even temperament: The Old Danish Pointing Dog is known for its calm and even temperament. It remains calm even in stressful situations, making it an ideal companion for hunting and family.
  • Intelligent and attentive: This breed is characterized by its intelligence and attentiveness. It is capable of learning and responds well to training, making it an excellent working dog.
  • Loyal and faithful: The Old Danish Pointing Dog is known for its deep loyalty and strong bond with its owners. He is a faithful companion who maintains a close relationship with his family.

Temperament and social behavior

  • Friendliness and social behavior: Despite his calm nature, the Old Danish Pointing Dog is friendly and social. He gets along well with people and other animals.
  • Patient and child-friendly: He shows patience and is therefore particularly suitable for families with children.
  • Active and eager to work: As a working dog, the Old Danish Pointing Dog needs regular exercise and mental challenges to stay happy and healthy.


The Old Danish Pointing Dog is a versatile, intelligent and loyal dog, ideal for active families, hunters and as a faithful companion. Its calm temperament, intelligence and social nature make it a valued member of any household. It is important to consider his needs for regular exercise and mental stimulation to ensure a full and healthy life.


Care of the Old Danish Pointing Dog

The Old Danish Pointing Dog, known for its robust appearance and adaptability, requires proper grooming to ensure its well-being.

  • Coat care: The coat of this breed is short, dense and smooth, which makes it easy to groom. Regular brushing, about once a week, is required to remove loose hair and keep the coat shiny and healthy.
  • Bathing: Frequent bathing is not necessary. An occasional bath with a mild dog shampoo is sufficient to keep the coat clean and well-groomed.
  • Ear and claw care: The ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection and cleaned. Claws should be trimmed when necessary to ensure good paw health.

Health aspects

The Old Danish Pointing Dog is generally a robust and healthy breed, but certain health aspects should be taken into account.

  • Regular veterinary check-ups: Regular visits to the vet are essential to monitor the dog's health and to be able to react to problems at an early stage.
  • Diet and exercise: A balanced diet and regular exercise are important to prevent obesity and promote the dog's general health.

Breeding and selection

Care should be taken when purchasing an Old Danish Pointing Dog.

  • Responsible breeders: Choose a reputable breeder who attaches importance to the health and well-being of the animals.
  • Health tests: Make sure that the breeder carries out the necessary health tests to rule out hereditary diseases.
  • Puppy selection: Pay attention to the temperament and health of the puppy as well as the behavior of the parent animals.


The Old Danish Pointing Dog is an easy-care, healthy dog with a strong character, ideal for active families and as a loyal companion. Conscious breeding and careful selection are crucial to ensure a healthy and happy life for this special breed.

Banner of the Old Danish Pointing Dog standing

The Old Danish Pointing Dog, also known as the "Danish Pointer", is characterized by its distinctive coat and noble appearance.

  • Coat type: The coat of the Old Danish Pointer is short, dense and smooth, which makes it easy to groom. It offers protection in various climatic conditions.
  • Coloring: Characteristic of this breed is the white base color with brown patches and often a distinctive brown marking above the eyes and on the ears. This color distribution gives the dog an unmistakable appearance.

Visual characteristics

The Old Danish Pointing Dog is known for its noble appearance and powerful build.

  • Physique: It has a strong, muscular physique that stands for endurance and strength. His proportions are harmonious and show his abilities as a working dog.
  • Head shape: The head is well proportioned to the body, with prominent facial features, a strong muzzle and alert, dark eyes that give the dog an intelligent appearance.

Size and weight

The size and weight of the Old Danish Pointing Dog are decisive for its functionality as a pointing dog.

  • Height: The average shoulder height of the Old Danish Pointing Dog is around 54 cm to 60 cm for males and slightly less for females, making it a medium to large sized dog.
  • Weight: The average weight varies between 25 kg and 35 kg, depending on sex and individual constitution.


The Old Danish Pointing Dog is an elegant, medium to large sized dog with a characteristic, easy to groom coat and striking coloration. Its size and weight reflect its strength and stamina, qualities that make it an excellent working dog and a loyal companion for active families. Regular brushing and a balanced diet are important to promote his health and well-being.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy rugged
Size ♀ 50 - 56 cm
Weight ♀ 26 - 31 kg
Size ♂ 54 - 60 cm
Weight ♂ 30 - 35 kg
Suitable For Children

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