The Norwegian Hound is a relatively new breed, better known as Dunker - the name of its founder Wilhelm Conrad Dunker, who crossed the Russian Arlequin Hound with German and French hunting dogs. The birth year of the breed is considered 1920. FCI finally recognized it in 1956, and its standard was officially released in 1999. These dogs are popular in Scandinavia, especially in Sweden, but is almost unknown outside its homeland Norway and puppies for sale are almost impossible to find outside of Europe.
The American and British kennel clubs have not yet officially recognized the breed.
The Norwegian Hound is a very robust and durable dog, which is designed for a continuous pursuit of game. It hunts rabbits and foxes and has a highly developed sense of smell. It possesses great energy and stamina to hunt in deep snow planes and mountains.
It is an elegant and well-built dog. Its body is slightly elongated with a long neck, the back is well muscled and slightly sloped. The head is long and the skull is slightly convex. The eyes are large, dark, not prominent, but dogs with marble-gray color sometimes has different colored eyes. They express the serenity and seriousness of the breed. The ears are medium, hanging down past its head and thin, with slightly rounded tips. The nose of dog is black with wide nostrils. The limbs have dense bones, the paws are compact and the horns should be cut. The tail is thick at the base and tapering towards the top. It stands down or with a slight kink up.
The hair is short, thick and slightly sharp to the touch. Its color is black or blue-gray marble, which is due to cross-breeding with Russian Arlequin Hound and these colors are rare in dogs with yellow and light brown spots.
Female dogs are 48 to 53 cm high, males - 50-55 cm. The weight is between 20 and 25 kg.
Character and behavior
The Norwegian Hound is very friendly and good-natured dog with a calm and balanced character, so is not only a great assistant in hunting, but also a perfect family pet. This dog is clever, confident and bold. It brings a lot of joy to the hunters and the family, because of its cheerful mood.
It possesses a strong sense of smell and great speed. Its favorite prey are rabbits. This breed is intelligent and, unlike other hunting breeds, not stubborn at all. It is not aggressive and does not fight.
Training and education
Because of its intelligence, the dog is trained and educated easily, but with a firm hand. With good dressage the Norwegian Hound can become a reliable, faithful assistant of hunter. Without showing aggressiveness, it effectively and persistently carries out its tasks therefore, it can be a good watchdog too.
Grooming and care
The fur of this hound is smooth and does not need special care. It is not recommended to bathe the dog. It is enough to clean it with a damp cloth / sponge.
You shouldn't raise your puppy in an apartment, because this is a hunting breed and living between four walls will be like punishment for it.
Norwegian Hounds don't feel very well in cars, especially in longer and more frequent trips.
This is a healthy dog. It is not prone to hereditary diseases, but some dogs develop hip dysplasia.
The average life expectancy is about 13 years.
Children and other pets
The Norwegian Hound is a wonderful family pet. At home, the dog is calm, obedient and quiet.
This breed gets along well with other pets.
Each year there are not more than 170 registered Norwegian Hounds. So, we can reasonably say, that this breed is one of the rarest in the world.