The Old Danish Pointer dog was the poet priest Steen Steensen Blicher's faithful companion on hunting trips
in the heath landscape of Jutland. The breed can be traced back to the beginning of the 18th century, thus placing itself among Europe's oldest dog breeds. The breed is the only recognized, original Danish, standing hunting dog.
It was a dog buyer, Morten
Bak, from Glenstrup Parish between Randers and Hobro, who created the breed. He paired around 1710 Jutland farm dogs with foreign breeds, probably Spanish pointers and Spanish-Portuguese dachshunds he had bought from the gypsies. The dogs were initially called
Bakhunde, later Danish Pointer, before they got their current name. After a major breeding work, six Pointer dogs came to Orebygård in Lolland, from where the breeding spread to other of the country's estates, and from which Blicher also collected his
Danish chicken dogs.
The breed gradually returned because hunting methods changed, and the estates replaced the Danish Pointer dog with faster, English breeds. Around 1915, the breed was therefore in imminent danger of extinction.
During World War
II, where the national emotions are guarded in the population, however, there was once again interest in the Danish pointer dog. An extensive investigation was initiated when there were a couple of genuine Danish pointer dogs at the Bansen family on Ærø.
Christian Bansen and later Johannes Matzen from Nysted, who was descendant of Morten Bak, then started a major relief project. On May 1, 1947, the Club of the Old Danish pointer Dog Breed in Denmark was founded with Christian Bansen as chairman.
years, however, the Old Danish Pointer has again gained widespread use. The Renaissance is mainly due to the popular television journalist, Poul Thomsen's Old Danish Pointer, Balder, who became famous through his quiet participation in "Dus med dyrene" and the Christmas calendar, "Jul i Gammelby"