Basics of Dog Breed : Old Danish Retriever

Posted on September 20 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Old Danish Retriever

Breed Information:

Other names: Ancestral Danish Hound, Gammel Dansk Hønsehund, Old Danish Pointer
Origin:  Denmark
FCI Group: Stop dogs
FCI number: 281
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

The Old Danish Retriever is a fairly old breed, originally from the Glenstrup area , not far from Denmark's current capital, Copenhagen. From the beginning of the 18th century, a local resident named Morten Bak began crossbreeding and breeding for 8 generations , combining the contributions of Bohemian dogs and local farm dogs. This is how the Bak Dog came into being. From there, the breed of the Old Danish Retrieverhas developed to lead to the one we know today, benefiting from the contribution of the Dog Saint-Hubert .

Used to track hare and fox , the Old Danish Retriever has become popular in his country, but remains rather rare and unknown outside his borders. The Danish Kennel Club recognized the breed standard in 1962. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) followed suit 7 years later, on April 2, 1969. 

Physical characteristics

The Old Danish Retriever  is a medium sized dog with a writable silhouette in a rectangle and a strong construction. The male appears much more powerful and robust than the female, which is lighter and more lively. 

His hair: short, tight, rather hard to the touch, distributed evenly over the entire body. 
Its color: always white with brown marks towards the dark. The marks consist of some large beaches and multiple flecks. 
Its head :short and wide. The skull is rounded. The truffle is fleshy, well defined and nostrils well open. The chamfer is broad, the lips are well developed and the jaws powerfully articulated in scissors. The cheeks are well drawn and muscular. 
His ears: pendulous, close to the cheeks, tied low, broad and slightly rounded ends. 
His eyes: ideally dark in color and medium size. 
His body: writable in a rectangle. The neck is muscular and well covered with hair, the withers well out, the back strong and well muscled, the kidney short and wide, the rump slightly inclined towards the base of the tail, the breast well down, developed and wide. 
Its tail :attached moderately high, strong to its attachment and going on to thin towards its end. Medium length (almost reaching the hock), hanging.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 26 kg and 31 kg Between 50 cm and 56 cm
Male Between 30 kg and 35 kg Between 54 cm and 60 cm

A dog breed Old Danish dog is classified in the category of medium dogs .

Behavior and character

The Old Danish Retriever  is an energetic dog while knowing how to stay calm. Characterized by a balanced personality , he is very attached to his master , sociable , and  intelligent . He is therefore a very good pet dog coupled with an excellent hunting dog that does not get excited for nothing. In hunting, he shows great courage and determination. He moves slowly and seldom moves away from his master. The Old Danish Retriever is also appreciated by huntersfor its ability to evolve both on small hunting areas and large ones. If she is generally more alive than the male, the female also tends to be more capricious.

Education ...
The Old Danish Retriever is a dog easy to educate because of his attachment to his master, his intelligence and his calm. As with most breeds of dogs, a good balance between firmness and softness can give it a quality education.


The Old Danish Retriever  is a sturdy, resilient and globally sound dog . On the other hand, be careful not to isolate him , because he hates and that can affect his mental health.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Old Danish Retriever  is a dog very easy to maintain . His short hair does not pose any particular problem at this level. Its hanging ears are to be inspected regularly to prevent debris deposits and infections.

Outings ...
He needs a lot of exercise . If he is calm outside the hunting action, he must be stimulated every day through long walks.

Hygiene ...
He asks a brushing minimal, but monthly. A systematic examination of the condition of its pads and theinside of its ears is to be made after each exit to make sure of the absence of foreign bodies.

Living conditions

The Old Danish Retriever  is not a house dog . If he enjoys spending time indoors, in the middle of his family, he must have an outdoor space to express himself fully and feel free . An active dog, it is intended for people who are sufficiently available to offer long daily walks and to prevent them from feeling loneliness.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 600 € 1000 €

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