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The Old Danish Pointer, a confidential dog breed

If you haven't heard much about the Old Danish Pointer, it's because it's a confidential breed, even though it first appeared in the 18th century. Made for hunting, these dogs are characterized by their determination and enthusiasm. At home, it shows affection and loyalty.

Characteristics of the Old Danish Pointer

The Old Danish Pointer is powerful and solidly built. Its muscular limbs and balanced structure give it a supple appearance. This breed averages between 50 and 60 cm in height and weighs between 26 and 35 kg. Males are heavier than females, who have a lighter appearance. The dog is recognizable by its short, broad head with a round skull, powerful jaws, muscular, well-defined cheeks and a faint stop. Of medium size, the eyes reveal a nice dark color and express boldness. And what about the ears? They are set low, hanging and flat against the cheeks, with their tips tending to be round. The Old Danish Pointer has a short, rough coat. The coat is always white with traces of dark brown. The spots can be large or in the form of speckles.

History of the breed Danish Pointer

The Old Danish Pointer may not be as well known as many of its brethren, but the breed's origins are very old. Its existence is mentioned as early as the 18th century. It would be born under the initiative of Morten Bak, an inhabitant of Glenstrup, city located in Denmark. The breeder proceeded to cross local farm dogs, which were probably themselves descended from St. Hubert's dogs, with Bohemian dogs over 8 generations. From this came the Bak's Dog, which would have given birth to the ancestral Danish Pointer. The breed was especially prized for tracking foxes and hares. Recognized by the Danish Kennel Club in 1962 and by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in 1969, it is virtually unknown outside Denmark.

Living conditions and behavior of the Old Danish Pointer

The Old Danish Pointer has energy to spare and knows how to stay calm when it needs to. It develops a stable character and is very attached to its owners. As a pet, they are loyal, sociable and intelligent. He loves children and has no problem living with other dogs and cats. This dog would much rather live in the country in a large house than confined to an apartment. It needs to feel free and to have a lot of physical stimulation, at the risk of becoming destructive. As a hunting dog, he shows tenacity, determination, enthusiasm and vigor. It can track small and large game in any environment.

Diet and main health problems of the Old Danish Pointer

One of the greatest assets of the Old Danish Pointer is its robustness. While some breeds are affected by numerous genetic defects, this Danish Pointer has no specific health problems. Its diet should be compatible with its energy expenditure.