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Fédération Cynologique Internationale
United Kennel Club
Old Danish Pointing Dog(Gammel Dansk Hønsehund)
Old Danish Pointing Dog
Versatile gundog for birds.
|Group 7||Pointing Dogs|
|Section 1.1||Continental Pointing Dogs, 'Braque' type|
|With working trial|
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ratio of height at withers to length of body is about 8 9.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
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.
Quiet, stable, determined and courageous, the breed is suitable for small as well as large hunting grounds.
Short and wide, without pronounced stop. Occiput prominent and clearly visible from any angle.
The head is short and wide, and does not have a pronounced stop.
Sufficiently wide and distinctly rounded.
Wide and rounded, with a prominent occiput.
Fleshy, strongly defined, nostrils wide open. Colour from dark to more light liver.
Fleshy and large, with wide open nostrils. Dark to light liver in color.
Bridge of nose wide.
Broad, with deep flews that give the head its characteristic depth.
Flews deep all the way from the nose and covering the lower jaw. The deep flews contribute to giving the head its characteristic depth.
Powerful jaws with regular scissor bite. Full dentition wanted.
The Old Danish Pointing Dog has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.
Well defined and deep, very muscular.
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.
Medium sized, neither sunken nor prominent. Dark brown color is desirable. A slight drooping of the eyelid is tolerated.
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.
Set rather low, medium in length, broad and rounded at the ends, the front edge of the ear should hang close to the cheek.
Muscular and well furnished. Throatiness is considered a hallmark of the breed, but should not be exaggerated.
Muscular and well furnished. Throatiness is a hallmark of the breed, but should not be exaggerated.
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.
Well defined. Highest point of topline at the withers, falling slightly to the croup.
Firm and very muscular.
Short, wide and muscular, strongly coupled.
Broad, not too short, slightly sloping towards set-on of tail.
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.
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.
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.
Viewed from the front strong, straight and parallel.
The shoulders lie flat against the chest, and have strong muscles that are clearly visible. The upper arms are long and very muscular.
Lying flat and tight against the chest, with strong muscles clearly showing when moving or standing.
Of good length, very muscular.
Close, but not too tight to the body, neither turned in nor out, set rather far back. Good angulation upper/lower arm.
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.
Straight, with powerful muscles and good bone.
Slightly bent in relation to the forearm.
Strong and firm, with well arched toes and tough pads.
Strong and firm, well arched and with tough pads.
Viewed from behind straight and parallel. Good angulation and powerful bone.
There is good angulation between the pelvis and the femur.
Muscular, fairly long and broad. Good angulation pelvis/thigh.
Strong, well bent.
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.
Fairly long, muscular.
Strong and powerful.
Slight angulation to lower thigh.
GAIT / MOVEMENT:
Reachy strides with good drive from behind and corresponding reach in front. Movement straight and parallel front and rear. Good, high carriage of head.
Long strides, with good reach and drive, and high head carriage. Movement is straight and parallel front and rear.
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.
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.
Short and dense, somewhat hard to the touch. Hair must cover the body entirely.
The coat is short, dense and hard, the coat must cover the entire body.
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.
White with brown markings, or brown roan. The brown color may vary but darker is preferred.
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:
Male 54-60 cm, above 56 cm preferred,
Bitch 50-56 cm, above 52 cm preferred.
Mature male 30-35 kg, bitch 26-31 kg.
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.
Muzzle: Lack of deep flews.
Nose: Nose flesh colored or spotted.
Eyes: Light eyes.
Gait: Poor head carriage.
- 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.
Skull: Pronounced stop.
Teeth: Level bite.
- 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.
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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.