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Size: Medium

Weight: 44 - 53 lbs.

Height: 18" - 23"

Life Span: 12 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Norway (1830s)

Also Known As: Hygenhound

Group: Scenthound

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

Due to its hunting nature, the Hygenhund requires vigorous exercise. Long walks, runs or play sessions are recommended for this breed.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


Lively with great endurance, this breed is more popular as a hunter than as a companion. Hygenhunds are reliable watchdogs and get along with other dogs fairly well. It's need for exercise and activity makes it most suitable for rural living. The breed is happy to live outside all the time. Hygenhunds have a tendency to snap or bite.

Compatibility with Kids

Hygenhunds have a tendency to snap or bite, so it is not recommended that they live in homes with children.


The Hygenhund is exclusive to Norway and was created in the 1830s by crossing Holstein Hounds from northern Germany with local Norwegian hounds. Today the breed is kept for hunting small game and is rarely kept strictly as a pet.