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Old Danish Chicken Dog Breed Description

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Breed Organization

United Kennel Club (UKC)

Native Country

Other Names
Old Danish Pointing Dog, Gammel Dansk, Gammel Dansk Honsehund, Old Danish Bird Dog, Dannish Pointer

Life Expectancy
No Information Available

Litter Size
No Litter Information Available

Breed Group
FCI-Section 1: Continental Pointing Dogs

General Description

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.

Breed Standard

Head: Fairly short . Broad muzzle. Liver-colored nose. Flews slightly pendulous.
Ears: Set on fairly high. Medium in length, thin, lying flat against the head, slightly pointed at the tips.
Eyes: Light or dark hazel.
Body: Long. Muscular neck with traces of a dewlap. Deep, broad chest. Strong loin.
Tail: Medium in length. Thick at the base, tapering toward the tip, hanging down.
Hair: Short, dense, thick.
Coat: White with dark to light brownish-liver spots.
Size: Dog: 52 to 58 cm (20.5-22.8 in).
Weight: Between 11 and 25 kg (24-55 lb).


The Old Danish Pointing Dog is a product of Italian or Spanish pointers imported around the seventeenth century and crossed with several Danish hunting dogs. The breed's standard was recognized in 1962 by the Danish Kennel Club. He is very popular in his native country.


Very hardy, vigorous, courageous and tenacious, this multi-purpose hunting dog can work on all types of terrain. He makes a gentle and affectionate pet. Conveys the impression of a quiet and stable dog showing determination and courage. During the hunt, the dog progresses 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. The name has nothing to do with temperament, but refers to its ability to point out birds of the order Galliformes and specifically birds belonging to the family Phasianidae. Commonly referred to in Danish as Hen birds/Chicken birds. The often used English name, "Old Danish Chicken Dog" is therefore incorrect or at best badly translated.

He needs space and exercise, as well as regular brushing and checking of the ears.


Hunting Dog, Companion Dog.


No Health Information Available

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