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Old Danish Pointer

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Old Danish Pointer

Just as great, but smaller

Original name: Gammel Dansk Hønsehund

Type: Braccoid

Male size: 21¼-23½ inches

Male weight: 66-77 lbs

Female size: 19¾-22 inches

Female weight: 57½-68½ lbs

Degree of grooming


Pointing Dogs


Countries of origin Denmark

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It’s easy to tell apart male and female Old Danish Pointers. The former are powerful and solidly built, the latter lighter, livelier and more impulsive.

Old Danish Pointers are members of a calm breed of steady character, with plenty of determination and courage. These medium-sized, rectangular dogs are strongly built.


Old Danish Pointer In a few words :

  • Head

    Short, broad, without pronounced stop, with prominent occiput, clearly visible from all angles.


  • Body

    Well defined withers, firm, very muscular back, short, broad, muscular, well coupled loins, broad, not too short croup, sloping slightly to the base of the tail.


  • Coat

    White with brown markings, some large patches or lots of small brown specks.


  • Ears

    Set rather low, broad, slightly rounded at the tips.


  • Tail

    Medium length, reaching almost to the hock, carried hanging.


  • Hair

    Short, dense, somewhat hard to the touch.



The origins of the breed can be traced back to around 1710, when a man by the name of Morten Bak in northern Jutland crossed gypsy dogs with local farm dogs for eight successive generations. The piebald white and brown breed he created – a versatile bird dog – was named after him, but nowadays it is known as the Old Danish Pointer.