Norwegian hound

Other names: Dunker, Norwegian Hound

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The Norwegian Hound is a medium-sized hunting dog, whose silhouette is inscribed in a rectangle (the length of the body is greater than its height at the withers), of strong build, but without the impression of heaviness. It is cut to be robust and enduring.



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Hair type Short
Origin Norway
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 16 kg to 22 kg From 47 cm to 53 cm
Male From 16 kg to 22 kg From 53 cm to 55 cm
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History of the breed

The breed of the Norwegian Hound was developed from the first half of the 19th century. Its other name, that of Dunker, was chosen in reference to the creator of the breed, the Norwegian captain Wilhelm Conrad Dunker . He crossed several varieties of hounds to achieve standards close to those we meet today. The number of Norwegian Hounds fell significantly during World War II, raising fears of the breed’s demise. A renewed interest in the latter was subsequently observed, particularly in the course of the 1970s. However, the numbers remain quite small today .

Physical features

His hair: straight, rough in texture, dense and not excessively short. More provided on the back of the thighs and on the tail.
Its color: black diluted with fawn markings or merle blue with darker marks.
His head: rather elongated and carried at a moderate height. The skull is slightly arched, the occiput prominent, the stop well defined, but without being deep or abrupt. The nose is black and the nostrils are wide. The muzzle is rather long and square in shape. The jaws are scissor bite and the dentition is complete. The cheeks are quite dry.
His ears: moderately high, soft, of moderate width, rounded at their end. Dangling, they are long enough to reach half the distance to the muzzle when stretched.
His eyes: dark in color, round in shape, bright and expressive, displaying a calm and serious gaze.
His body: rectangular. The neck is quite long, the top line straight, the back straight and firm, the loins strong and not arched, the rump muscular and not too short, the chest rather broad, the ribs well sprung and the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: attached at the level of the top line, thick at its root, then tapering towards its end. Reach straight or in a slight curve.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Norwegian Hound is a resistant and enduring dog, combining the qualities of the perfect hunting partner . With strong nerves and an excellent temperament , he is known to be very sociable and trustworthy . The Norwegian Hound is therefore as much a very good companion for his master and his family as a successful hunter.

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The Norwegian Hound is far from being the most difficult hunting dog to train , on the contrary. His attachment to his teacher, his balanced character and his motivation for work greatly facilitate the task of his educator. The basics, especially recall , should be taught from an early age. Naturally sociable, there is no great effort to make to promote understanding with others.

Living conditions

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

The Norwegian Hound is not meant to live in an apartment or other small living space. It can adapt to an urban environment if it has a large fenced garden and benefits from sufficiently long and frequent walks.


Ease of gaining weight

There is not much to fear from the health side of the Norwegian Hound as long as you take good care of them. Of a resistant constitution , it does not show any predisposition to a particular disease either.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Elbow dysplasia
Minor concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Occasional concerns
Demodectic mange
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Norwegian Hound dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Norwegian Hound is, on average, between 11 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

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

The Norwegian Hound loses a lot of hair during its moult . The main part of the maintenance effort is to brush it for a long time to remove dead hair.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week outside of moulting periods and more often during them (at least 3 times).

Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites. His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
700 €

The purchase price of a Norwegian Hound is between € 500 and € 700.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 450
650 €

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

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The Norwegian Hound needs a quality diet that is balanced and adapted to his level of physical activity, size and age. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day . During the hunting season, it is advisable to adjust your rations upwards, then to return to the usual quantities once it is over.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Norwegian Hound needs a lot of exercise to be satisfied in this regard and for his balance. Long daily trips are therefore recommended.


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 1956


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