Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Norway Other Names Norwegian Hound Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group Scenthounds - FCI
Breed Appearance The Dunker's coat is straight, hard, dense, and
not too short, with the most desirable colors being black or blue
marbled with pale fawn and white markings.
Breed Description Head: Cleanly cut, long, without loose
skin. Slightly domed skull. Pronounced stop. Straight nosebridge.
Long muzzle. Ears: Medium in length, slightly rounded at the tips. Carried
flat against the head. Eyes: Fairly large, dark. Heterochromatic eyes are tolerated in
the blue marbled (harlequin) variety. Body: Longer than it is tall. Fairly long neck without dewlap.
Spacious chest with well-rounded ribs. Broad, muscular loin.
Well-muscled, slightly sloping croup. Tail: Thick at the base, tapering toward the tip. Must be set
on level with the topline. Hair: Short, dense, straight, not too soft. Coat: Black or blue marbled (harlequin), with fawn and white
markings. Size: Dog: 50 to 55 cm. (20-22 in).Bitch: 48 to 53 cm. (19-21
in). Weight: 20 25 kg (44-55 in).
History To develop this breed, able to hunt rabbit by
scent instead of sight, the Norwegian breeder W. Dunker is believed
to have crossed a Russian Harlequin Hound with various keen-nosed
hounds. The Norwegian Hound is popular in Scandinavia.
Behavior Very robust and able to adapt to all types of
weather and terrain, the Norwegian Hound is built for long-distance
running rather than sprinting. He hunts hare. Even-tempered and
kind, he makes a good companion.
Health Occasionally, cases of hip dysplasia can occur.
Deafness is also a significant issue, with 75% of all dogs of this
breed being unilaterally or bilaterally deaf.
Advice He needs space and exercise, as well as regular