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Old Danish Pointer vs Portuguese Pointer vs German Shorthaired Pointer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Old Danish Pointer vs Portuguese Pointer vs German Shorthaired Pointer" Compare Old Danish Pointer and Portuguese Pointer. Which is better: Old Danish Pointer or Portuguese Pointer or German Shorthaired Pointer?
Name Old Danish Pointer Portuguese Pointer German Shorthaired Pointer
OriginsDenmark Portugal Germany
Group Hunting Dogs Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank22537410
Reviews012
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Other Names Gammel Dansk Honsehund, Old Danish Pointing Dog, Ancien chien d′arrêt danois, Old Danish Bird Dog, Altdänischer Hühnerhund Perdigueiro Portugues, Portuguese Pointing Dog Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition No set No set American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain Australian National Kennel Council New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $800-$1000 $800-$1000 $600-$800

General Appearance - Old Danish Pointer vs Portuguese Pointer vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Size Large Medium Large Medium
Weight Male: 66-77 pounds (30-35 kg), Female: 57-68 pounds (25-30 kg) Male: 44–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–49 pounds (16–22 kg) Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 71.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (27.5 kg) Male: 44–60 pounds (20–27 kg), Female: 35–49 pounds (16–22 kg) Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height Male: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm) Male: 20–24 inches (51–61 cm), Female: 19–22 inches (48–56 cm) Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 22.5 inches (57 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm) Male: 20–24 inches (51–61 cm), Female: 19–22 inches (48–56 cm) Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Old Danish Pointer vs Portuguese Pointer vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Coat Smooth Dense Rough Dense
Colors White & Brown White Yellow Light Brown Roan Liver White Black
Grooming
Average: The Old Danish Pointer requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Portuguese Pointer doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Old Danish Pointers shed moderately.
Portuguese Pointers are low shedders.
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.

Characteristics - Old Danish Pointer vs Portuguese Pointer vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Temperament Calm Intelligent Resolute Brave Loyal Affectionate Lively Calm Submissive Affectionate Bold Intelligent Boisterous Cooperative Trainable
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Old Danish Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Average: Portuguese Pointer's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Old Danish Pointers are very easy to train.
Portuguese Pointers are quite easy to train.
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Old Danish Pointer is a highly playful breed.
Portuguese Pointers are not the most playful dog breed.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Old Danish Pointers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Portuguese Pointers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Old Danish Pointers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Portuguese Pointers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Old Danish Pointers need a lot of social interaction.
Portuguese Pointers need a lot of social interaction.
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Old Danish Pointer barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Portuguese Pointer rarely barks.
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Old Danish Pointers are one of the best watchdogs.
Portuguese Pointers are good watchdogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Old Danish Pointers are average defenders.
Portuguese Pointers strongly protect their territory.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Old Danish Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Portuguese Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Old Danish Pointers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Portuguese Pointers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Old Danish Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Portuguese Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Old Danish Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Portuguese Pointers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Old Danish Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Old Danish Pointers don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Portuguese Pointers don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Old Danish Pointers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Portuguese Pointers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Old Danish Pointer vs Portuguese Pointer vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Stranger Friendly
Old Danish Pointers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Portuguese Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Old Danish Pointers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Pointers are average friendly dogs towards children.
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Old Danish Pointers are average friendly towards cats.
Portuguese Pointers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Old Danish Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Portuguese Pointers are average friendly towards other dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly Yes
Old Danish Pointer is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
Portuguese Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shorthaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Old Danish Pointers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Portuguese Pointers are commonly okay with elderly people.
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Old Danish Pointers are generally with other pets.
Portuguese Pointers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
German Shorthaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Old Danish Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Portuguese Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Shorthaired Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Old Danish Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Portuguese Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
German Shorthaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Old Danish Pointer vs Portuguese Pointer vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Health Issues
Old Danish Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
Portuguese Pointers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems No set No set Gastric Torsion Hypothyroidism Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) Osteochondrosis Dissecans Von Willebrand's Disease Entropion Pannus Lymphedema Cardiomyopathy Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 12-14 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Old Danish Pointers are high energy dogs.
Portuguese Pointers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Old Danish Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Portuguese Pointers need quite a lot of exercise.
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Old Danish Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Portuguese Pointers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
The Old Danish Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Portuguese Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Old Danish Pointer is an average drooler.
The Portuguese Pointer is an average drooler.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Old Danish Pointer vs Portuguese Pointer vs German Shorthaired Pointer

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 5-8 puppies 7-12 puppies

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