Herta Pointer: characteristics of the dog breed, photo, character, rules of care and maintenance


  • Country of origin: Denmark
  • The size:
  • Growth:
    58-66 cm
  • The weight:
    21–27 kg
  • Age:
    10–14 years old
  • FCI breed group:
    not recognized
  • Brief information

  • Active;
  • Possess excellent working qualities;
  • Easily trained.
  • Origin story

    The history of the appearance in Denmark of a fairly popular breed of “gun dogs” is very remarkable, because the progenitor of the Hert Pointers was a mongrel bitch named Herta. She was once found and picked up by soldiers. And the dog, which can be safely called the “founding father” of the breed, was the owner’s pointer named Sport, owned by Duke Frederick Christian. Amateur selection eventually moved to the professional level. The number of dogs of this breed, known since 1864, is only increasing from year to year, and lovers of Gert Pointers are seeking official recognition of the breed by cynological federations, but have not yet succeeded in this.


    Typical representatives of the breed are athletic dogs that are very much appreciated by Danish hunters for their working qualities, excellent learning abilities and easy disposition. Outwardly, the dogs are very similar to English Pointers, but Herta Pointers are more graceful, with soft lines and strong muscles. The head is in proportion to the body, the transition from the forehead to the muzzle is pronounced. Eyes large, dark. The ears are hanging. Tail straight, tapering towards the end. Their coat is short, thick, the color is red-orange, white marks are allowed on the head, chest, tail and paws.


    Representatives of the breed are quite affectionate with people and obedient, well trained . They are cheerful, love to work and get along well with children. Quite tolerant of other pets.


    Specific care is not needed, regular visual inspection and good nutrition are sufficient. Ears and nails need to be trimmed if necessary. At the same time, the short coat of these dogs does not require special care, only periodic combing with a stiff brush. Frequent bathing is also not required.

    Conditions of detention

    Dogs of the Hertha Pointer breed easily adapt to the living conditions of their owners, whether it is a house or an apartment. Typical members of the breed are very dependent on the approval of the owners and love to spend time with them, acting as a companion dog. However, do not forget that the purpose of Hertha Pointers is hunting, it was for her that the breed was displayed. These are very energetic and active animals, requiring both physical and mental stress in the form of training and work. Herta Pointers are suitable for people who lead an active lifestyle, who love movement and hunting.

    Herta Pointers are popular in their homeland in Denmark, but they are practically not common outside of it. Therefore, for a puppy, you will have to go to the birthplace of the breed and add the cost of delivery to its cost. The price of a Gert Pointer puppy, like a puppy of any other hunting breed, usually depends on the quality of the dog itself, as well as its pedigree and achievements (including working ones) of the parents.

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