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History During the 1820s, a Norwegian breeder named Wilhelm Dunker decided to create a scent hound that had the patience and pace of a sighthound. To achieve this, he crossed the Anglo Russian hound with indigenous dogs. The result is the Dunker, which is also sometimes referred to as the Norwegian Hound. The breed was named after Wilhelm Dunker.
These dogs are specially recognized in Norway and are preferred by hunters because of their ability when it comes to hunting rabbits, hare, and other game. Being scent hounds, these dogs hunt game using their sense of smell rather than sight, which can be very helpful. These dogs are valued not only for their hunting ability, but also for being great companions. The Dunker has been granted recognition by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale. Today however, these dogs are rare, especially outside Norway.
Appearance Dunkers have an elongated head with a moderate stop. Their fairly large eyes are dark-coloured and feature a tranquil expression. These dogs have flat ears that are thin, soft, and long, with rounded tips. Their ears are carried close to their head, with a muzzle that is narrow and long. They have a black nose that is self-coloured according to their coat. Their teeth are strong and meet in a level bite. The neck of these dogs is clean, and their chest is well-rounded and deep. Their belly is also not tucked up. The back of these dogs is strong and straight, with muscular and broad loins. Dunkers have well-set, angulated legs, which are robustly boned above the hocks. They have compact feet with close toes, and their uncurled tail is strong. These dogs have a well-balanced movement and a good reach.
Colours These dogs are tan in colour with a large black saddle. They may also have a mottled blue colouring. Aside from that, these dogs can have white markings on their face as well as a blaze on their legs, tail, and chest.
Temperament Dunkers are even-tempered, friendly, and kind. Although they are good hunters, they also make great family pets. These dogs can get along well with children, especially if they've been socialized with them from a young age. They are also very robust and energetic and can adapt well to various kinds of terrain.
Weight Male dogs of this breed have a height of 20 to 22 inches, while females stand 19 to 21 inches. The weight of these dogs ranges from 44 to 55 pounds.
Problems Dogs of this breed have no recorded genetic health concerns. Ailments affecting these dogs are those common to other dog breeds as well.
Living Conditions These dogs can adapt to various climates and can be used for hunting even on rough terrain. It would be good for these dogs to be provided with at least a large yard where they can run around and play.
Requirements Dunkers should be provided with much exercise every day. These dogs should be taken out for long walks on a daily basis. Owners should also conduct play sessions with them.
Training Requirements These dogs can be challenging to train because they tend to be independent. Although these dogs are generally not dominant, owners should still display strong leadership skills. It's also important for these dogs to be socialized well, while they're still young so they can get along well with other dogs and animals.
Life Expectancy Due to the rarity of these dogs outside Norway, not much is known regarding their life span.
Grooming The coat of these dogs is easy to groom and maintain. Owners should just brush the coat of these dogs regularly.
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