Information about the Dunker

A Dunker is a breed of dog also known as the Norwegian Hound. It was bred by Wilhelm Dunker by crossing a Russian Harlequin Hound with dependable Norwegian scent hounds.


  • Head: Is Elongated, but not wedge shaped and a moderate stop.
  • Eyes: Fairly large and dark in color and a tranquil expression.
  • Ears: Long, thin, soft, flat ears, rounded at tips, and carried close to head. Muzzle: Long and narrow.
  • Nose: Black and self-colored according to coat. Bite: Usually level. Neck: Long and clean.
  • Topline: Level.
  • Chest: Deep and well rounded. Belly is not tucked up.
  • Body: Back is straight and strong, with broad and muscular loins, it has marbled saddle markings on the coat.
  • Legs: Are Angulated, and well set. Above hocks are robustly boned.
  • Feet: Compact, with close toes.
  • Tail: Strong, but never curled.
  • Movement: Good reach, with well balanced movement.
  • Temperament: Energetic, free-spirited, with good movement.
  • Pelt color: Color is black or blue marbled saddle; with pale fawn and white markings. Warm brown or black is less desirable, but acceptable.
  • Weight: Around 35-49 lb. (16-22 kg)
  • Height: Around 18½-22½ in. (4-57 cm)

The Dunker has round, tipped, smooth ears and sloping shoulders. It also has a reasonably long muzzle and a thick coat.

This is quite a friendly and relaxed breed. It will provide these traits only to owners who will offer lots of activity.

Occasionally, cases of hip dysplasia can occur.

The breed is named after the Norwegian Wilhelm Dunker who bred this dog for hunting hares, at the beginning of the 19th century. To create the Dunker, Norwegian breeder, Wilhelm Dunker, crossed a Russian Harlequin Hound with reliable scent hounds, producing a dog that could hunt rabbits by scent, rather than sight, which is very helpful. It has yet to become popular outside of its homeland.