Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Old Danish Pointing Dog

(Gammel Dansk Hønsehund)

Old Danish Pointing Dog


ORIGIN

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FCI
Denmark.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
08.01.1998.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Versatile gundog for birds.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 7Pointing Dogs
Section 1.1Continental Pointing Dogs, 'Braque' type
With working trial

UKC
Gun Dog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The origin of the breed can be traced back to the year about 1710 when a man named Morten Bak, living in Glenstrup near the towns of Randers and Hobro, through 8 generations was crossing gypsy dogs with local farmdogs and in this way established a pure breed of piebald white and brown dogs called Bakhounds or Old Danish Pointing Dogs. The local farmers called their farmdogs « Bloodhounds », but it seems more likely that these hounds were offspring from the Squire’s scent hounds, which in their turn were descendants from mainly St. Hubert Hounds (Bloodhounds). Likewise it is probable that the gypsy dogs generally descended from Spanish pointing Dogs and other breeds of scent hounds like the ones mentioned above, so in many ways St.Hubert Hounds have contributed to the breed Old Danish Pointing Dog.
UKC
The Old Danish Pointing Dog is a result of cross breeding between gypsy dogs, local farm dogs and St. Hubert’s Hounds, which resulted in a pure breed of piebald white and brown dogs. They are a versatile gun dog for a variety of birds. The Old Danish Pointing Dog was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Medium sized dog, rectangular and strongly built. One of the most charming features of the breed is the great difference between male and female. While the dog is powerful and substantial, the bitch is characterized by being lighter, more spirited and capricious.
UKC
A medium sized, rectangular dog, strongly built. The secondary sex characteristics are strongly marked, with the males being powerful and substantial and the females lighter and more spirited.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
The ratio of height at withers to length of body is about 8 9.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Conveys the impression of a quiet and stable dog showing determination and courage. During the hunt progressing rather slowly, always maintaining contact with the hunter and accomplishing its task as a pointing Dog without creating unnecessary disturbance of the ground. The breed is suited for small as well as large hunting grounds.
UKC
Quiet, stable, determined and courageous, the breed is suitable for small as well as large hunting grounds.

HEAD

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FCI
Short and wide, without pronounced stop. Occiput prominent and clearly visible from any angle.
UKC
The head is short and wide, and does not have a pronounced stop.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Sufficiently wide and distinctly rounded.
UKC
Wide and rounded, with a prominent occiput.

Stop

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FCI
Not pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Fleshy, strongly defined, nostrils wide open. Colour from dark to more light liver.
UKC
Fleshy and large, with wide open nostrils. Dark to light liver in color.

Muzzle

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FCI
Bridge of nose wide.
UKC
Broad, with deep flews that give the head its characteristic depth.

Lips

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FCI
Flews deep all the way from the nose and covering the lower jaw. The deep flews contribute to giving the head its characteristic depth.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Powerful jaws with regular scissor bite. Full dentition wanted.
UKC
The Old Danish Pointing Dog has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

Cheeks

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FCI
Well defined and deep, very muscular.

Eyes

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FCI
Medium sized, neither sunk nor prominent. Dark brown colour desirable. Considering the origin of the breed a slight drooping of the lower eyerim is tolerated, but should not be encouraged.
UKC
Medium sized, neither sunken nor prominent. Dark brown color is desirable. A slight drooping of the eyelid is tolerated.

Ears

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FCI
Set rather low, broad and slightly rounded at the ends. Length is correct if the ear, when held towards the nose, will leave free a little more than the outer third of muzzle. Front edge of ear should hang nicely close to the cheek.
UKC
Set rather low, medium in length, broad and rounded at the ends, the front edge of the ear should hang close to the cheek.

NECK

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FCI
Muscular and well furnished. Throatiness is considered a hallmark of the breed, but should not be exaggerated.
UKC
Muscular and well furnished. Throatiness is a hallmark of the breed, but should not be exaggerated.

BODY

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UKC
In proportion, the body is slightly longer than tall. The chest is deep and wide, especially in males. The ribs are well sprung and reach far back. There is a well developed forechest. The withers are well defined and the highest point of the topline, which slopes slightly to the croup. The back is firm and muscular and the loin is short, wide and strongly coupled. The croup is broad and slightly sloping to the set on of the tail.

Withers

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FCI
Well defined. Highest point of topline at the withers, falling slightly to the croup.

Back

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FCI
Firm and very muscular.

Loin

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FCI
Short, wide and muscular, strongly coupled.

Croup

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FCI
Broad, not too short, slightly sloping towards set-on of tail.

Chest

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FCI
Deep and wide ; a good width desired especially for males. Brisket reaches down to elbows. Ribs well sprung and reaching far back. Ribcage neither flat nor barrel-shaped. A well developed forechest is most desirable.

TAIL

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FCI
Set somewhat high rather than too low. Fairly wide at base, tapering towards the end. Medium length, reaching almost to the hocks. Tail is carried naturally drooping. Docking is not allowed.
UKC
Set somewhat high, strong at the base, and tapering towards the end. Medium length, reaching almost to the hocks, the tail is carried naturally drooping. Docking is not allowed. Fault: Tail carried over the topline.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Viewed from the front strong, straight and parallel.
UKC
The shoulders lie flat against the chest, and have strong muscles that are clearly visible. The upper arms are long and very muscular.

Shoulder

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FCI
Lying flat and tight against the chest, with strong muscles clearly showing when moving or standing.

Upper Arm

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FCI
Of good length, very muscular.

Elbow

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FCI
Close, but not too tight to the body, neither turned in nor out, set rather far back. Good angulation upper/lower arm.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Viewed from the front, straight and parallel. The elbows are close and well back under the body. The forearm is straight, with strong bone. The pasterns are slightly bent.

Forearm

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FCI
Straight, with powerful muscles and good bone.

Carpus (wrist)

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FCI
Powerful.

Pastern

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FCI
Slightly bent in relation to the forearm.

FEET

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UKC
Strong and firm, with well arched toes and tough pads.

Forefeet

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FCI
Strong and firm, well arched and with tough pads.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Viewed from behind straight and parallel. Good angulation and powerful bone.
UKC
There is good angulation between the pelvis and the femur.

Thigh

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FCI
Muscular, fairly long and broad. Good angulation pelvis/thigh.

Stifle

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FCI
Strong, well bent.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper thigh is muscular, long and broad. The lower thigh is fairly long and muscular. The stifle is well bent. The hocks are powerful and moderately angulated.

Lower thigh

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FCI
Fairly long, muscular.

Hock joint

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FCI
Strong and powerful.

Hock

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FCI
Slight angulation to lower thigh.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Reachy strides with good drive from behind and corresponding reach in front. Movement straight and parallel front and rear. Good, high carriage of head.
UKC
Long strides, with good reach and drive, and high head carriage. Movement is straight and parallel front and rear.

SKIN

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FCI
Not too fine, rather tight fitting on body and limbs. On head and neck the skin is more loose, forming dewlap and fold at the corners of the lips.
UKC
The skin is not too thin, close fitting on the body and legs, looser on the head and neck where it forms a dewlap and lip folds.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short and dense, somewhat hard to the touch. Hair must cover the body entirely.
UKC
The coat is short, dense and hard, the coat must cover the entire body.

COLOUR

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FCI
White with brown markings, a few large or many small, brown specks ( freckles) on white. The brown colour may vary, but brown to dark brown is preferred.
UKC
White with brown markings, or brown roan. The brown color may vary but darker is preferred.

SIZE

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UKC
Height for males is 21 to 23.5 inches. For females, it is 19.5 to 22 inches. Weight for a mature male is 66 to 77 pounds; for a mature female, it is 57 to 68 pounds.

Height at withers

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FCI

Male 54-60 cm, above 56 cm preferred,
Bitch 50-56 cm, above 52 cm preferred.

Weight

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FCI
Mature male 30-35 kg, bitch 26-31 kg.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • Bad carriage of head.
  • Nose flesh-coloured or spotted.
  • Muzzle too short.
  • Flews insufficiently deep.
  • Missing one or two PM1.
  • Eyes too light.
  • Slight roach back.
  • Croup too short.
  • Tail carried too high over topline.
  • Slightly bow-legged, slightly cow-hocked.
  • Hair too sparse.
  • Small departures in size ( 1-2 cm) above and below limits.
UKC

Muzzle: Lack of deep flews.
Nose: Nose flesh colored or spotted.
Eyes: Light eyes.
Gait: Poor head carriage.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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FCI

  • Bone too fine.
  • Pronounced stop.
  • Muzzle snipey.
  • Pincer bite.
  • Missing teeth one tooth other than PM1.
  • Pronounced roach back, slight swayback.
  • Obvious lack in chest development. Brisket not sufficiently defined. Ribcage too flat or barrel shaped.
  • Elbows turned strongly in or out.
  • Heavily cow-hocked or bow-legged.
  • Weak pasterns.
  • Flat or splay-feet.
  • Weak, timid behaviour.
UKC

Skull: Pronounced stop.
Teeth: Level bite.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Strong deviation in sex characteristics.
  • Teeth More than two P1 plus one other tooth missing. Non-visible teeth will be considered missing unless their existence at a previous show can be certified.
  • Undershot, overshot bite or any other faulty bite.
  • Cleft palate or hare lip.
  • Ectropion, entropion, distichiasis (double row of eyelashes).
  • Malformation of chest or ribcage ( e.g. too short sternum causing abrupt rise of underline behind ribs).
  • Deviations from size more than 2 cm above or below limits.
  • Very shy and weak behaviour.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Teeth: Undershot, overshot or wry bite.
Eyes: Entropion, ectropion, or distichiasis.
Size: More than one inch over or under the allowed height.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Undershot, overshot or wry bite. Entropion, ectropion, or distichiasis. More than one inch over or under the allowed height.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.