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Norwegian Hound

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Norwegian hound is a Norwegian hunting dog that was bred by Wilhelm Dunker in the beginning of the 19th century. The purpose of the dog was to hunt hares in the vast Norwegian terrain.

Character and behaviour
The Norwegian hound is an independent and robust hunting dog with a calm temper. The Norwegian hound has strong hunting instincts and needs a lot of exercise and training in order to thrive. It is not a dog for first time owners. It is suitable for the active family.

The Norwegian hound is a scent hound used primarily on fox and hare hunt. It has great stamina and a good nose.

History of the breed

The Norwegian hound is called ‘Dunker’ in Norwegian and it is named after the Norwegian captain Wilhelm Dunker. In the beginning of the 19th century he crossed different types of scent dogs. In 1902 the Norwegian club ‘Special Club for Norwegian Hare Dogs’ were founded. The same year, the hare hounds were divided into two separate groups called ‘Dunker’ and ‘Hygen’.

In the large group of ‘Dunker’ dogs a lot of local hare dogs from Norway was included. Thus, the breeding foundation is very broad. During the Second World War the demand for puppies decreased. However, after the war the demand increased and the breeders became busy until the 1970s when the demand decreased again.

Over the last years, the Norwegian hound breeding council has commenced cooperation with the Norwegian Kennel Club. The purpose is to cross the Norwegian hound with the Hamilton hound, Hygen hound, and Finnish hound in order to make for a larger gene pool in order to minimise genetic defects.

Appearance, grooming and health

A Norwegian hound is a medium sized almost rectangular breed that has to be strong but not too heavy. The ears are set high and hanging down. The coat is coarse and medium long. The colour of the coat is often black, brown, or grey with white markings.

The Norwegian hound is typically 18-21 inches tall and weighs 44-55 pounds. Life expectancy is 10-12 years.

What you should know about the breed:

  • Needs a lot of exercise and has strong hunting instincts.
  • Not suitable for first time dog owners.
  • Thrives in an active family.
  • Minimal grooming.
  • Robust and independent.
  • Scent hound.

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