Dunker Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Dunker so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginNorway flagNorway
Other Names
What other names does the Dunker have?
Norwegian Hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Dunker Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Dunker puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Dunker in the United States? How much money is a Dunker?

Where to buy a Dunker with a good pedigree?

$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Dunker, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Dunker for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Dunker gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Dunker? How many Dunker are there in the world?
Average: The Dunker is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Dunker Size

Size
Is a Dunker small, medium or large dog?

How big do Dunker get?

What is the average size of a Dunker?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Dunker weigh? How much should a Dunker weight? What is the normal weight of a Dunker? How much does a full-grown Dunker weight?
25–39 pounds (11–18 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Dunker?
25–39 pounds (11–18 kg)
Height
How tall is the Dunker? Dunker height:
Male: 20–22 inches (50–55 cm), Female: 19–21 inches (47–53 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Dunker?
Male: 20–22 inches (50–55 cm), Female: 19–21 inches (47–53 cm)

Dunker Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Dunker have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
StraightHardDense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Dunker coats?
BrownWhiteBlue MerleBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Dunker and how often? How often should I take my Dunker to the groomer?
Easy to groom: The Dunker doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Dunker is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Dunker dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Norwegian Hound? Do Dunker dogs shed a lot?
Dunker dogs are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Dunker need a bath? How often should you give a Dunker a bath? Can I bathe my Dunker every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Dunker Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Dunker have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CalmSpiritedEnergeticFriendly
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Dunker? Is the Dunker breed dumb or smart?
Very smart: Dunker is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.

The Dunker is one of the top breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Dunker dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Dunker?
Dunker dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Dunker is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Dunker sensitivity:
Dunker dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Dunker a good family dog?
Average to High: Dunker dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Norwegian Hound need? Dunker social needs:
Dunker dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Dunker dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Norwegian Hound bark?
Average to High: The Dunker is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Dunker good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Dunker dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Dunker dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Dunker dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Dunker dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Dunker bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Norwegian Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Dunker? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Dunker has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Dunker has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Dunker? How much bite force does a Dunker have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Dunker bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Dunker, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Dunker do?
Dunker dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Dunker dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Dunker to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Dunker roam?
Dunker dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Dunker have high prey drive?
Dunker dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Dunker dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Dunker good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Dunker in an apartment?
It is not recommended to keep the Dunker breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Dunker indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Dunker dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Dunker be left alone? How long can you leave a Dunker alone?
Dunkers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Dunker Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Dunker temperament with other people:
Dunker dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Dunker dogs get along with other pets? Are Dunker dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Dunkers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Dunker dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Dunker temperament with children:
Dunker dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Dunker dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Dunker breed live with a cat?
Dunker dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Dunker good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Dunker dogs get along with other dogs?
Dunker dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Dunker can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Dunker breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Dunker breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Dunkers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Dunker dogs good office canines? Do Dunker dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
No
Dunker is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Dunker dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Norwegian Hound temperament with senior people? Are Dunker dogs good for elderly owners?
Dunkers are usually recommended for elderly people.

Dunker Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Dunker dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Dunkers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Dunker breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Dunker see the vet?
Rare
The Dunker should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Dunker dogs live? How old can a Dunker be? What is the age limit of the Dunker? How many years can the oldest Dunker live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Dunker?

How long is the lifespan of a Dunker?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Dunker: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Dunker breed hypoallergenic?
No
Dunker dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Dunker have? What is the activity level of the Dunker?
Dunker dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Dunker need? How much exercise do Dunker dogs require per day?

Do Dunker dogs need a lot of exercises?

Dunker dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Dunker breed need?
Dunker dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Dunker need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Dunker breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Dunker? How much food should I feed my Dunker?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Dunker risk for obesity:
Average: The Dunker has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Dunker weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Dunker can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Dunker has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Dunker drool?
The Dunker is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Dunker As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Dunker be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Dunker is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Dunker be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Dunker be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Dunker is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Dunker be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Dunker is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Dunker be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Dunker is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Dunker be a boat dog?

Not really

Dunker breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Dunker be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Dunker is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Dunker dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Dunker Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Dunker pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Dunker breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Dunker: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Dunker have in a litter? How many puppies can the Dunker breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Dunker have? How many puppies can a Dunker give birth to?
3-5 puppies

Dunker Recognition

AKC Group
Is Dunker recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Dunker recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.

Dunker Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Dunker is an excellent dog breed.
  • Health Issues: Dunkers are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Dunker doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Watchdog Ability: Dunker dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Dunker dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Dunker dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Dunker dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Dunker dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Dunkers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Dunkers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Dunker dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Dunker breed in the home.
  • Shedding Level: Dunker dogs are heavy shedders.
  • Mouthiness: Dunker dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Dunker dogs have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Dunkers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Dunker is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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