Old Danish Pointer

57-68 lbs
Gammel Dansk Honsehund, Old Danish Chicken Dog, Old Danish Bird Dog, Old Danish Pointing Dog, Altdanischer Huhnerhund, Ancien Chien d’Arret Danois, Bakhound

The Old Danish Pointer is a medium sized pointing dog that only comes in one color pattern; white with brown markings. He is extreme1y popular in his native Denmark but is virtually unknown anywhere else in the world. The Old Danish Pointer is a calm, steady dog with an incredible amount of determination and bravery. When he is on the hunt, he will maintain contact with the hunter throughout the hunt and move slowly while searching for his prey.  When home, he is loyal and loves to lounge around the house after taking long walks or playing in the backyard. 

purpose Purpose
Bird Hunting
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Bloodhound, Squire Scent Hound, Spanish Pointing Dogs

Old Danish Pointer Health

Average Size
Male Old Danish Pointer size stats
Height: 21-24 inches Weight: 66-77 lbs
Female Old Danish Pointer size stats
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 57-68 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Distichiasis
  • Ectropion
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • CERF
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • OFA on hips and elbows

Old Danish Pointer Breed History

While the Old Danish Pointer’s history is not known for certain, it is widely accepted that around 1710, Morten Bak began cross breeding gypsy dogs with local farm dogs. Bak lived in Glenstrup, Denmark located near Randers and Hobro. After carefully breeding for eight generations, the resulting dogs were named Bakhounds. These dogs were uniform in coloring, being white and brown piebald. Researchers think that the local farm dogs used to develop the Old Danish Pointer were Bloodhounds and Squire Scent Hounds. Squire Scent Hounds directly descended from the St. Hubert Hounds. The gypsy dogs are thought to have been Spanish Pointing Dogs and other scent hounds of Spanish influence. These dogs were developed to be a versatile bird and gun dog. Once the breed was established, they went through several name changes such as the Old Danish Chicken Dog, Gammel Dansk Honeshund, Old Danish Bird Dog, Old Danish Pointing Dog, Altdanischer Huhnerhund, Ancien Chien d’Arret Danois. With so many different names, there was a lot of confusion over his official breed standard until all standards were combined together to create one standard that listed all of his names. He was officially named the Old Danish Pointer in the 19th century. The Old Danish Pointer was on the brink of extinction in the mid-20th century. With the effort of several devoted breeders, the Old Danish Pointer was kept from becoming extinct and has gained in popularity throughout Denmark. The American Kennel Club recognized the Old Danish Pointer as a part of the sporting group in 1884. The Old Danish Pointer was officially recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

Old Danish Pointer Breed Appearance

The Old Danish Pointer male is distinctive from the female. The male is larger and more muscled whereas the female is lighter, slightly skittish and more animated. The Old Danish Pointer has a large, fleshy nose with nostrils that are wide and open. His nose should be dark brown but can be varying shades of brown or liver. The Old Danish Pointer has ears that are set low and are medium long with broad, rounded tips. The front side of the ear should hang close to his cheek. He has medium sized eyes that should never seem too prominent or sunken. His eyes are dark brown in color and should never be light or have haws. The Old Danish Pointer has a hard topcoat that is short and dense. This harsh coat must cover his entire body and should never appear overly long or fluffy. He has close fitting skin that is not too thin. The skin on his body should be looser on the head and neck than on the body and legs. He is white with brown markings. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Old Danish Pointer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
brown Old Danish Pointer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Old Danish Pointer coat
white Old Danish Pointer coat
brown Old Danish Pointer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Old Danish Pointer straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Old Danish Pointer Breed Maintenance

The maintenance of the Old Danish Pointer is relatively easy; he needs minimal grooming and it usually only takes about 30 minutes each week to brush him. When grooming, he will need a slicker brush and metal comb. Since his coat is so harsh, it is weather resistant and should only need bathed a few times each year. When you are bathing him, be sure to use a mild shampoo specially formulated for harsh coats. Using the wrong shampoo can cause skin irritation or even coat damage. While the Old Danish Pointer is not technically classified as a hypoallergenic breed, those not suffering from extreme allergies can be around them with minimal problems. Be sure to check his ears weekly and clean when necessary. His toenails should be trimmed as needed. Set up a routine dental plan that includes professional teeth cleanings to keep his teeth and gums healthy.

Brushes for Old Danish Pointer
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Old Danish Pointer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Old Danish Pointer Temperament

The Old Danish Pointer is a steady hunting dog that is calm when on the hunt and has great determination and courage. He does not get in a hurry when he is hunting. When home, he is a medium energy dog that needs to spend time moving during the day to keep him happy. Long walks around the block or even playing at the dog park are good ways to expend some of his energy. Overall, he is a great family dog. He likes children and adults and will bond quickly with his family. He is a little unsure of strangers, especially when they approach his home. If your home has pet birds, you will need to keep them separate and watch your Old Danish Pointer closely; he is a bird hunter. Other small pets should also be closely monitored around the Old Danish Pointer. Early socialization is an important part of his training.

Old Danish Pointer Activity Requirements

The Old Danish Pointer is a medium energy dog, but he is not a good fit for apartments or small homes with small yards. Daily exercise and mental stimulation are needed; long walks or jaunts to the dog park are good ways to provide both. He would excel in a home where he can use his hunting prowess as well as be a family companion. Expect him to become unruly if he is left alone with no daily interaction. Provide him with plenty of new, interesting and interactive toys to ensure he can stay busy when you cannot spend time with him.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Old Danish Pointer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Old Danish Pointer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Old Danish Pointer size stats at six months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 37.5 lbs
Female Old Danish Pointer size stats at six months
Height: 17.0 inches Weight: 27.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Old Danish Pointer size stats at 12 months
Height: 20.0 inches Weight: 57.5 lbs
Female Old Danish Pointer size stats at 12 months
Height: 19.0 inches Weight: 47.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Old Danish Pointer size stats at 18 months
Height: 22.5 inches Weight: 71.5 lbs
Female Old Danish Pointer size stats at 18 months
Height: 21.0 inches Weight: 62.5 lbs

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