Characteristics of Old Danish Pointer
|Country of origin||Denmark|
|Age||10–14 years old|
|FCI breed group||Not recognized|
- Has a balanced character;
- Possesses excellent working qualities;
- Easy to learn.
Morten Buck is considered the founder of the breed, which was formed in the 18th century. The ancestors of the Old Danish Pointers were local breeds of dogs, as well as Spanish Shorthaired Pointers and Bloodhounds . It was thanks to the Bloodhounds that the new breed acquired an excellent flair and a characteristic dewlap on the neck. Despite the fact that the breed was quite popular in Denmark, in the 2nd half of the 1940s it was on the verge of extinction. But later revived by amateurs. 17 years after the end of World War II, the Danish Kennel Club approved the breed standard.
Typical representatives of the breed are relatively small, muscular dogs with a long, strong neck with a slight dewlap, which the breed inherited from the Bloodhounds. The chest of the Old Danish Pointers is broad and muscular. Dogs are somewhat elongated. The head seems a bit heavy in relation to the body. The skull is broad, the transition from the forehead to the muzzle is clearly defined. The eyes of the Old Danish Hounds are medium in size and dark. The tail of the dogs is of medium length, saber-shaped, wide at the base and thinning towards the tip. The standard specifically stipulates that the tail should not be carried above the level of the back.
A distinctive feature of the breed is the color and coat. Only white with coffee spots and mottling is allowed, the head is usually dark. The wool of the Old Danish Pointers is short and very dense, it allows the dog not to scratch on branches and grass during the hunt, and also not to pick up burdocks. Old Danish cops can work in any terrain; they are strong, hardy and serve as excellent helpers both when hunting for birds and on the blood trail.
The intelligence and excellent working qualities of the Old Danish Pointers are combined with a calm character. During the hunt, these dogs do not show a rabid temperament, flying after game, but methodically and stubbornly follow the trail. They take their responsibilities very seriously.
Old Danish Pointer Care
Despite the fact that the structure of the coat of typical representatives of the breed does not require special care, during the molting period, the pet must be cleaned with a special stiff brush. Claws and ears are processed as needed. If a waterfowl is hunted with a dog, one must carefully monitor the auricles where water enters, otherwise otitis media may begin .
How to keep
Despite the fact that the breed was bred and is used for hunting, the Old Danish Pointers may well live in a city apartment, but the owners will have to take care of the loads for the dog. To maintain and develop the working form of a pet, it should be remembered that walking for half an hour in the morning and evening is definitely not enough.
Old Danish cops are popular in their homeland – in Denmark, but outside it are practically not common. Therefore, for a puppy, you will have to go to the birthplace of the breed and include the costs of delivering the puppy into the price of the dog. The price of a puppy of the Old Danish Pointer, like a puppy of any other hunting breed, of course, depends on its pedigree, as well as on the working qualities of the parents.