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Size: Medium

Weight: 35 - 49 lbs.

Height: 18.5" - 22.5"

Life Span: 12 years

Health Problems: Hip dysplasia

Origin: Norway

Also Known As: Norwegian Hound

Group: Hound

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Dunker requires moderate exercise.

Grooming Needs

The Dunker needs minimal grooming: occasional brushing and bathing. Check ears regularly.


The Dunker tends to be a mellow, mild-mannered breed with exceptional stamina that makes a loving companion.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


The Dunker was developed to hunt hares by scent, rather than sight. It originated when Wilhelm Dunker bred a Russian Harlequin Hound with other scent hounds in the 1850s.

Pet Facts

This breed hunts well over all types of terrain.