Hygen hound

Other names: Hygen’s Hound, Hygenhund

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The Hygen Hound is a medium-sized hunting dog, built in a sturdy and compact manner, the length of which is greater than its height at the withers (silhouette writable in a rectangle). His gait is clear and his strides rather wide.



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Hair type Short
Origin Norway
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 25 kg From 48 cm to 61 cm
Male From 20 kg to 25 kg From 48 cm to 61 cm
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History of the breed

The development of the breed of the Hound of Hygen began in the late 19th century. Paternity is attributed to HF Hygen , a Norwegian breeder who also gave him his name. It is by crossing different varieties of Swiss, German and Scandinavian hounds that he succeeded in obtaining a resistant and enduring hunting dog. Little is known about the Hygen’s Hound outside of Norway.

Physical features

His hair: straight, ideally rough in texture, dense, shiny and of good length (short, but not excessively). Slightly fuller on the posterior side of the thighs and tail.
Its color: either red-brown or yellow-red, smoky on the head, on the back and at the base of the tail (with or without white markings), or black and tan with white markings, or still white and speckled with brown , reddish-yellow or black and tan.
His head: medium in size, moderate in width but without the impression of heaviness, moderately long and slightly wedge-shaped without, however, ending in a point. The skull is slightly domed, the occipital bone very slightly noticeable, the stop well marked, the black nose, the broad and high muzzle, the lips clear but not hanging, the jaws articulated in scissors and the cheeks very dry and flat.
His ears: moderately high set, of moderate length and width, rounded at their ends, not very thick and soft to the touch.
His eyes: dark brown in color, medium in size, displaying a serious and calm gaze.
His body: Longer than tall, solid and harmonious. The neck is of medium length and strong, the topline firm, the back short and powerful, the loins broad and muscular, the croup slightly rounded, the chest moderately broad, well let down and rather ample, the belly moderately raised.
Its tail: inscribed in the extension of the top line, it is thick at its attachment and tapers towards its end. Carried straight or slightly curved.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Hygen Hound is a dog full of energy, endurance and tenacity. Qualities that he makes good use of when hunting. A versatile scent , he also knows how to show his advantage when it comes to guarding the house , which is not trivial for dogs in this category. As a family, the Hygen scent is a companion appreciated for its gentleness and calm .

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The Hygen Hound asks to be educated early and firm . However, there is no question of seeking brutality or the balance of power. Because he is sensitive, he should be treated gently . His attachment to his master and his predisposition for work making his education easier.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Hygen Scout Dog is more suited to life near nature than in the city. At home, he needs a large fenced garden to be able to exercise and express his appreciable qualities as a guardian.


Ease of gaining weight

The Hygen Hound is characterized by fairly solid health . Its robustness and resistance allow it to withstand the harsh climatic conditions, typical of its region of origin in Norway and to evolve on particularly difficult hunting grounds.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Hygen Hound is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Hygen’s Hound remains subject to moderate shedding , with similar hair loss. Its maintenance is therefore not very restrictive and consists of basic care.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week , inspect the inside of his ears, hair and pads after outings, and trim his nails when they get too long. His teeth need to be brushed frequently in order to eliminate the build-up of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
800 €

The purchase price of a Hygen Hound is between € 500 and € 800.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Hygen Hound is between € 450 and € 650.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Hygen Hound needs a lot of exercise to get active. As such, long daily walks are recommended, ideally in wooded or rural areas.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1965


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