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Old Danish Pointer Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Old Danish Pointer so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Hunting Dogs
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OriginDenmark
Other Names
What other names does the Old Danish Pointer have? The dog breed also known as...
Gammel Dansk Honsehund, Old Danish Pointing Dog, Ancien chien d′arrêt danois, Old Danish Bird Dog, Altdänischer Hühnerhund
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Old Danish Pointer recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Old Danish Pointer recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section.
Price
How much does the Old Danish Pointer puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Old Danish Pointer price:
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Old Danish Pointer, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Old Danish Pointer for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Old Danish Pointer gets to a happy place.

History

The Old Danish Pointer is the only Pointer dog that originates from Scandinavia. The history of the breed can be traced back to about the year 1710 when a man named Morten Bak, living in Glenstrup in north-eastern Denmark, crossed gypsy dogs through eight generations with local Farmdogs and in this way established a pure breed piebald white and brown dogs called Old Danish Pointers. It has been suggested that those ‘gypsy dogs’ were owned by the Roma people and were possibly part of Spanish Pointing dogs and originated from other hunting breeds. However other people claim that Spanish Pointing dogs were brought to ports by Danish soldiers, possibly returning from The War of Spanish Succession, which happened between 1701 and 1714. Many people argued that this gypsy story is just a story as the Gypsies were not viewed with favor at the time, they were constantly being the hunter or deported. Some say this makes it very unlikely that they could breed over eight generations without trouble or that people would want Gypsy dog mixed into their hunting dogs. Whichever theory you believe, the result of the breeding created a stable and quiet dog that was brave and determined.

Before the 18th century, hunting with dogs was meant to be something only the aristocracy were allowed to do but some reform changed that so more common people started breeding dogs they could hunt with and the creation of the Old Danish Pointer was a direct consequence. The breed was suited for small as well as large hunting grounds, it kept in close contact with the human hunter moving a lot slower than other hounds on the hunt but accomplishing their task without creating an unnecessary distribution of the ground. It was named for pointing and hunting birds. At this time it was a trend occurring all over Europe, not just in Denmark. However, by the early 1900s, the Old Danish Pointer started to decline in popularity as other breeds like the German Short-haired Pointer became more so. Throughout the 20th century, there were many features contributing to the negative effects, such as the arrival of new hunting breeds from the rest of the world and the two damaging Word Wars. The breed’s numbers decreased dramatically and it was now at risk of extinction. However, after World War II, several efforts in the country were made to save its native breeds including the Old Danish Pointer. As a reaction, a breed club was formed within Denmark in 1947 and the members of the club started the process of a breeding program to prevent the extinction of the breed. Their efforts were fairly successful and in 1963 the dog was recognized by the FCI. In the 1980s the popularity of the Old Danish Pointer puppies increased again, thanks to a Danish nature show on television called ‘En Naturlig Forklaring’ that featured a sweet Old Danish Pointer called Balder. However, it was not all good as it led to uncontrolled breeding and the quality of dogs dropped for a time. Overall, today, it is at a stable number but it is an uncommon dog and it does have a lot of fans, not just in Denmark but also in a few in Holland, Germany, and Sweden. The United Kennel Club officially accepted the breed in the year 2006. The breed has always been a loyal, devoted, and friendly type of dog, it can be a good family dog.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Old Danish Pointer size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Old Danish Pointer weigh? Old Danish Pointer weight:
Male: 66-77 pounds (30-35 kg), Female: 57-68 pounds (25-30 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Old Danish Pointer? Old Danish Pointer average weight:
Male: 71.5 pounds (32.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (27.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Old Danish Pointer? Old Danish Pointer height:
Male: 21-24 inches (53-61 cm), Female: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Old Danish Pointer average height:
Male: 22.5 inches (57 cm), Female: 21 inches (53.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Old Danish Pointer have? What does this canine coat look like?
SmoothDense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Old Danish Pointer's coat?
White & Brown
Grooming
How to groom the Old Danish Pointer and how often?
Average: The Old Danish Pointer requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Old Danish Pointer, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Old Danish Pointer dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Gammel Dansk Honsehund? Old Danish Pointer shedding level:
Old Danish Pointers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Old Danish Pointer have? What characteristics does the breed have?
CalmIntelligentResoluteBraveLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Old Danish Pointer? Are they intelligent?
Very smart: Old Danish Pointer is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Old Danish Pointer dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Old Danish Pointers are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Old Danish Pointer is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Old Danish Pointer sensitivity:
Old Danish Pointers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Old Danish Pointers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Gammel Dansk Honsehund need? Old Danish Pointer social needs:
Old Danish Pointers need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Old Danish Pointer dogs bark a lot? Why does my Old Danish Pointing Dog bark?
Average: The Old Danish Pointer barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Old Danish Pointer good as a watchdog?
Old Danish Pointers are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Old Danish Pointer dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Old Danish Pointer dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Old Danish Pointers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Old Danish Pointer bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Gammel Dansk Honsehund? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Old Danish Pointer? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Old Danish Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Old Danish Pointer do?
Old Danish Pointers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Old Danish Pointers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Old Danish Pointer to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Old Danish Pointer roam?
Old Danish Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Old Danish Pointer have high prey drive?
Old Danish Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Old Danish Pointer dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Old Danish Pointer good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Old Danish Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Old Danish Pointers don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Old Danish Pointers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Old Danish Pointer dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Old Danish Pointers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Old Danish Pointer dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Old Danish Pointer and children:
Old Danish Pointers are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Old Danish Pointer dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Old Danish Pointers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Old Danish Pointer good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Old Danish Pointer dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Old Danish Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Old Danish Pointer can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Old Danish Pointers good office dogs? Do Old Danish Pointers make good office friendly dogs? Can Old Danish Pointers be office dogs?
Yes
Old Danish Pointer is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Old Danish Pointer dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Gammel Dansk Honsehund temperament with senior people? Are Old Danish Pointer dogs good for elderly owners?
Old Danish Pointers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Old Danish Pointer dogs get along with other pets? Are Old Danish Pointer dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Old Danish Pointers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Old Danish Pointer breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Old Danish Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Old Danish Pointer be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Old Danish Pointer is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Old Danish Pointer be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Old Danish Pointer is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Old Danish Pointer be a 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. Old Danish Pointer is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Old Danish Pointer be a search and rescue dog?
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. The Old Danish Pointer is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Old Danish Pointer be a boat dog?
Not really
Old Danish Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Old Danish Pointer be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Old Danish Pointer is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Old Danish Pointer dogs have health problems?
Old Danish Pointers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Old Danish Pointer dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Old Danish Pointer be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Old Danish Pointer breed hypoallergenic?
No
Old Danish Pointers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Old Danish Pointer have?
Old Danish Pointers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Old Danish Pointer dogs require per day?
Old Danish Pointers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Old Danish Pointers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Old Danish Pointer need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Old Danish Pointer risk for obesity:
Average. The Old Danish Pointer has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Old Danish Pointer's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Old Danish Pointer has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Old Danish Pointer drool?
The Old Danish Pointer is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Old Danish Pointer pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Old Danish Pointer pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Old Danish Pointer: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Old Danish Pointer have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Old Danish Pointer have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Old Danish Pointer

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Old Danish Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Old Danish Pointers are very easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Old Danish Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Watchdog Ability: Old Danish Pointers are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Old Danish Pointers are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Old Danish Pointers are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Old Danish Pointer is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Old Danish Pointers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Old Danish Pointers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Old Danish Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • 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.
  • Adaptability: Old Danish Pointers don't 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.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Old Danish Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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