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Dunker Breed Description

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Breed Organization

United Kennel Club (UKC)

Native Country

Other Names
Norwegian Hound

Life Expectancy
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Litter Size
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Breed Group

General Description

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 Standard

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).


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.


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.

He needs space and exercise, as well as regular brushing.


Hunting Dog, Companion Dog.


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.

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