Norwegian Hound standing adult black and white

Norwegian Hound

Norwegian Hounds, a.k.a. Dunkers, are virtually unknown outside of Norway, where they have been around for centuries, but they have a great reputation in their homeland.

About the Norwegian Hound

Norwegian Hounds are specialised in hare hunting. They owe their alternative name – the Dunker – to Wilhelm Dunker, who set the breed characteristics in the 19th century. Fast and fine-nosed, these hounds are easy to live with and very close to their master or mistress. Unfortunately, they are very rare outside of Norway.

Medium-sized and powerfully built but never heavy, Norwegian Hounds exude stamina. They have a very distinctive harlequin coat, which they share with other rare breeds, like Beaucerons. These are working dogs with great energy and vitality, able to handle themselves on various types of terrain.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 6
Size category
Avg life expectancy
11–14 years

Friendly / Calm / Resilient / Sociable / Even-tempered

Key facts

  • Requires minimal grooming
  • Enjoys training
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