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The Dunker or Norwegian Hound

Originally from Norway, the Dunker is a born sportsman. The Dunker is a natural athlete, as evidenced by its athleticism. Although he can participate in certain dog sports such as canirun or canicross, he shines especially as a determined and energetic hunting dog.

Characteristics of the Dunker

With a powerful body that is not heavy and can be fitted into a triangle, the Dunker reveals an expression of endurance. It has lean, strong and sinewy forelegs and upper limbs that are properly angulated. The dog is of medium size, measuring between 47 and 53 cm for females and between 50 and 55 cm for males. It weighs on average between 20 and 25 kg. Its head is recognizable by its convex skull and its prominent occiput. It has a pronounced stop, a muzzle that is longer than it is short and a black nose with large nostrils. The eyes are remarkable for their round appearance, dark color and size. They express the seriousness and charm of the animal. The blue merle subjects have minnow eyes. Concerning the ears, they are flat, of medium width and set at half height. The hair is short without being excessive, hard, straight and abundant. The coat can be black or blue merle with the presence of white or pale fawn markings.

History of the Dunker breed

Its name already says a lot about its origins. The Norwegian Hound comes from the eponymous country and was born under the impulse of Wilhelm Conrad Dunker to whom it owes its second patronymic. It is in 1850 that the latter establishes the first standard of the race. His goal was to obtain a hunting dog that was resistant and enduring to catch hares and rabbits while being able to face the difficult climatic conditions of Norway. It was born from a cross between several "bloodhounds", trained to find injured game. Unfortunately, due to inbreeding, the breed has known very difficult times. Even today, it is almost unknown outside Norway.

Living requirements and behavior of the Dunker

The Dunker has a good character. He is sociable, friendly and affectionate. He can be counted on for play sessions with children. On this occasion, he will not fail to express his olfactory abilities. This dog is also very intelligent, balanced and has strong nerves. Its education is easy, because it is receptive and always listening to its masters. Nevertheless, firmness is required so that it does not make it to its head. In terms of lifestyle, a house with a large garden will be more compatible. He needs to run constantly for his mental and physical fitness. Active owners who are available for daily walks will suit him.

The Dunker's diet and major health problems

The Dunker is a model of robustness and resistance. It is very little affected by diseases except for hip dysplasia, which is important to monitor. For its well-being and health, regular physical exercise should be accompanied by a rich and healthy diet.