Breeding group : Hounding
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GENERALBreed group: Hounding Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Guarding, Hunting, Jogging, Tracking
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 35-49 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & Brown, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The Dunker is a medium size strong dog that originated in Norway. Also known as Norwegian Hound, it got its name from its developer, Herr Wilhalm Dunker, who created this breed in the beginning of 19th (1820 to be precise) century. The main purpose of development was to create a hare hunting dog. Russian Harlequin Hounds were crossed with reliable scent hounds to produce this breed. The Dunker can hunt by scent rather than by sight. It is an elegant yet robust breed with sleekness of sighthound and rippling muscles of a scent hound. Its appearance displays endurance and power. The dog stands between 18.5 to 22.5 and weighs between 35-49 lbs. It has an elongated head with long and narrow muzzle. Eyes are large and dark with calm expression. Ears are long, thin, flat and carried close to the head. Black nose has wide and open nostrils. Topline is level with strong and straight back and broad chest with well sprung ribs. The tail is set at topline, thick and tapers to the end. It is usually carried straight. Moderate length coat is rough, dense and straight and comes in two colour varieties; blue with marbled pattern or tan/brown colour. The Dunker is not well known outside its country of origin. The dog is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI and UKC.
There are two colour varieties for this breed. One is blue colour with marbled pattern (harlequin). The other is tan or warm brown coat, often with large black saddle.
The dog's coat is straight, dense, rough to the touch and not too short.
Unknown outside its country of origin, the Dunker is the most popular and most used scent hound breed in Norway. Reason for this popularity is this breeds' even temperament, friendly and kind nature, relaxed attitude and balanced behavior towards its family. The dog is loving and affectionate to its family and children. It can get along with other dogs but can not be trusted with other non-canine pets due to its high prey drive. The dog loves human companionship and makes good walking or jogging partner. It is an excellent and tireless hunter and can easily adapt to different kinds of terrain. It is most prized by hunters for its hunting reliability. Socialization with other pets and obedience training is a must for this dog specially when it is still in puppyhood. The dog has great potential to be an excellent family pet besides being an unmatched hunter.
The moderate length coat does not require much when it comes to grooming. A thorough rubdown of the coat with a wet cloth will keep the coat shiny. Weekly brushing should do good for this dog. Bathe only when needed.
The Dunker is an independent breed and may not be easy to train. It will need a firm and consistent trainer who is ready to put in time and effort to train this dog. The dog needs a firm and confident trainer.
As a working dog with lots of energy, the dog but natural, needs lots of physical activities to burn off its energy levels. It is a high energy dog that will need long daily walks. It would be an ideal jogging partner for active owners.