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Origin / History The Hygenhund is a dog breed developed in Norway during the late 19th century. This breed was created for the purpose of fulfilling the need of hunters for a hunting dog that has a great stamina. They wanted to have a dog that can run over the Arctic snows for a long period of time, and can work as an excellent hunter. To create this kind of breed, breeders took specimens of the German Hosteiner Hound and crossed it with other scenthounds. The product of this crossing was then bred with the lightweight Norwegian Hound. The result of this was the Hygenhund.

The Hygenhund successfully fulfilled the needs of hunters. To this day, dogs of this breed are still being used by hunters in Norway. Although these dogs are highly valued in their native country, they are not popular outside of it.

Appearance These dogs have a solid body that is elongated, square, and compact. Their legs are muscular and solid, and they have compact feet. The tail of these dogs is carried gaily, although it does not curl over their back. The skull of these dogs is triangular and broad, and their medium-sized muzzle is well-proportioned to their head. These dogs have wide ears and a level topline. The chest of these dogs is deep. They have a black noses that is self-coloured according to their coat. Their neck is clean and long, and their teeth meet in either a level or scissors bite. The coat of these dogs is straight, short, and dense.

Colours The coat colours of this breed include red-brown, black and tan, yellow-brown, white and reddish brown, and white with yellowish red. These dogs can also have black, tan, and white markings.

Temperament Hygenhunds are very energetic dogs that work excellently as hunters and are able to adapt to all kinds of weather. These dogs can work even on very harsh terrain. As companions, they are affectionate, but can be reserved around strangers. Hygenhunds can be good with children and may get along well with other dogs and household pets. They can also function as watchdogs.

Height and Weight Male dogs of this breed have a height that ranges from 20 to 23 1/4 inches, while females have a height of around 18 3/4 to 22 inches. The weight of these dogs falls between 44 and 55 pounds.

Common Health Problems Dogs of this breed are considered generally healthy and have no known genetic health problems. They can, however, get afflicted with ailments that are common to all dog breeds.

Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartment. It's best for Hygenhunds to be provided with acreage so that they would have plenty of space where they can run around and do various physical activities that will enable them to make use of their stamina and energy.

Exercise Requirements These dogs require plenty of exercise. They should be taken out for long walks or jogs daily. It's also best for these dogs to be given a job to do.

Training Requirements Due to the independence of these dogs, they can be fairly challenging to train. Owners should know how to display strong leadership skills and teach the dogs that humans are higher in pack rank than canines are. These dogs should also be socialized well at an early age.

Life Expectancy These dogs live for approximately 12 years.

Grooming The coat of these dogs require little grooming. Owners should just brush the coat of these dogs on a regular basis to remove loose and dead hairs. It's only necessary to bathe these dogs when they are very dirty or smell bad already.

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