Original Name : Dunker
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Dunker
Male size : 19 ¾-21 ½ inches, ideally 20 ¾ inches
Female size : 18½-20¾ inches, ideally 19¾ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Norway
Norwegian Hounds are specialized 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.
Not to be carried high, noble and pure, good length, parallel lines.
Well sustained topline, straight, firm, not too long back, broad, muscular loins, slightly sloping, muscular, not too short croup.
Blue or blue merle (dappled) with pale fawn and white markings.
Moderate width, tapering to the rounded tip.
Straight, curved slightly upwards.
Straight, hard, dense, not too short.
Medium-sized, distinctly rectangular 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.