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Old Danish Pointer

Size: Medium

Weight: 40 - 53 lbs.

Height: 19" -23"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Demark (1500s)

Also Known As: Old Danish Birddog, Gammel Dansk Honsehund

Group: Hunting

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

This is an energetic breed that requires a fair amount of exercise. As long as the Old Danish Pointer gets sufficient exercise, it will make a good family dog. However, this dog is not a good choice for apartment dwellers.

Grooming Needs

The Old Danish Pointer requires regular brushing and bathing.


The Old Danish Pointer is a pro at tracking, pointing and retrieving. The breed's quiet demeanor makes it a good family dog. This breed is also known for its courage and tenacity.

Compatibility with Kids

These dogs are suitable for households with children.


Morten Bak from Denmark began crossing local farm dogs with gypsy dogs in the 1700s to produce the Old Danish Pointer. These bloodlines produced a breed with excellent scent-detecting and pointing abilities.

Pet Facts

This dog progresses slowly during the hunt, taking care not to disturb the ground. These dogs work well in both small and large hunting areas.