A Dunker, also known as the Norwegian Hound, is a medium-sized breed of dog from Norway. It was bred by Wilhelm Dunker to be a scenthound by crossing a Russian Harlequin Hound with dependable Norwegian scent hounds.
In the beginning of 19th century, the Dunker Dog Scenthound was developed by a Norwegian Captain Wilhelm Dunker Dog to hunt hares. Most appreciated and reliable scent hounds were crossed with Russian Harlequin Hound to produce this breed; the resulting dog was able to hunt rabbits, squirrels and hares. The work function of this hound was detection by scent rather sight. Being recent development, this hound is yet gaining popularity outside of its country of origin. The dog is able to work on all type of terrain and in all climatic and environmental conditions. It is believed that the Norway is one of the most challenging regions for dog as compared to other parts of the world. It is the coldest country on the earth, many of the dog breeds perish working here quickly but the Dunker Dog made its value by working in such climate efficiently. The breed is yet not registered with American Kennel Club but recognized by UKC and FCI.
Dunker Dog is a medium-sized, rectangular proportioned dog being longer in length than in height. Its built is strong, sturdy, substantial and well muscled. Its head is long, parallel to the muzzle and skull, usually carried low. The skull is slightly domed with a defined stop rather wedge-shaped. Its nose is always black with wide nostrils that make him excellent in scent detection. Eyes are large and dark while ears are wide, flat but low-set, usually hang close to middle of head and muzzle. Top-line is level, forelegs are straight, muscular loins and slight tuck up in the chest are its further distinctions. On level, its tail is carried a little upward, slightly curved over back. The coat of Dunker Dog is hard, dense but straight, neither long nor too short. This coat is the primary and natural protection against severity of weathers. The dog is available in black, blue marbled colors with markings of white and pale fawn. Its gait is quick rather sharp but easy and flawless. The overall expression is keen, alert and suspicious dog.
The Dunker Dog is a clam, relaxed and friendly breed of dog but when exercised well. Well behaved and cooperative to other pets at home especially other dogs and canine pet, however, has very low tolerance for non-canine pet. They are aloof of strangers yet get friendly in a very short time. The breed is non-aggressive to unfamiliar human beings, thus not suited for watchdog or guard applications. The Dunker Dog breed is very affectionate to children and loyal to family. It can hunt singly or in the form of pack with other dogs. They hold very high prey drive; cats and other pets would be affordable with them if raised together. As a hunter, this breed is easy yet naturally trained but poses difficulties for other fields of training. They would be stubborn in socialization training yet determinant, independent thinker, intelligent and self-assured. They would need significant time, patience, consistency and commitment besides healthy activities to stay satisfied. They tend to trail the scent till a logical end without any break; nothing can distract them from target. They are a little noisy dog with excessive barking, keeping in close quarters or in apartment may receive complains. Early age socialization is mandatory.
Being a pack hound, the Dunker Dog is very good with other dogs. Generally the Dunker Dog is affordable with other canine pets but bears very low tolerance to non-canine animals due to their strong hunting instinct. The breed is very affectionate and easygoing with children; however young toddlers should always be supervised. When socializing the dog, it is necessary to teach your family especially children the right ways of handling of dogs. Some dogs tends to be possessive for their belongings like toys, food and place, tell your children not to occupy or snatch their belongings.
The scent hound, Dunker Dog is naturally trained for hunting tricks, scent detection, trailing and tracking, however much demanding for other socialization training. They tend to be stubborn, ignorant and tenaciously unwilling to obey, however with committed, confident, consistent and patient training can bring supportive and well responsive attitudes in them. All this can be done only by an experienced owner with perfect leadership skills. The man should assume alpha dog authority and should enforce natural pack order, in which dog is always below the human beings.
This sharp hunter requires healthy amount of exercise daily. If not applied for hunting jobs, the dogs should be taken out for long walks, jogs and running sessions for their physical and mental stimulation. At least 45 minutes of physical exertion on daily bases is mandatory to retain harmony and peace indoors. Remember an unsatisfied dog would be too boisterous and restless in the house that can lead to any unpleasant occurrence. They are well kept in a house with a large fenced-yard, although adaptable for apartment life yet a source of panic due to excessive barking.