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Hygenhund Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

Group Hunting Dogs
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OriginNorway flagNorway
Other Names
What other names does the Hygenhund have?
Hygen Hound
Breed Type
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Hygenhund Size and Weight

Is a Hygenhund small, medium or large dog?

How big do Hygenhund get?

What is the average size of a Hygenhund?

How much does the Hygenhund weigh? How much should a Hygenhund weight? What is the normal weight of a Hygenhund? How much does a full-grown Hygenhund weight?
Male: 50-60 pounds (23-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Hygenhund?
Male: 55 pounds (25 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
How tall is the Hygenhund? Hygenhund height:
Male: 22-24 inches (55-61 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (54-59 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Hygenhund?
Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 22 inches (56.5 cm)

Hygenhund Price and Availability

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

Where to buy a Hygenhund with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Hygenhund, 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 Hygenhund for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Hygenhund gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Hygenhund? How many Hygenhund are there in the world?
Average: The Hygenhund 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.

Hygenhund Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Hygenhund? Is the Hygenhund breed dumb or smart?
Smart: The Hygenhund dogs have great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Hygenhund is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Are Hygenhund dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Hygenhund?
Hygenhund dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Watchdog Ability
Is Hygenhund good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Hygenhund 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 Hygenhund dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Hygenhund dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Hygenhund dogs are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.

Hygenhund Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Hygenhund have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
HappyEnergeticAffectionateDevotedLivelyHard workingHerdingPossessive
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Hygenhund sensitivity:
Hygenhund 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 Hygenhund a good family dog?
Average to High: Hygenhund 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 Hygen Hound need? Hygenhund social needs:
Hygenhund dogs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Hygenhund to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Hygenhund roam?
Hygenhund dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Hygenhund have high prey drive?
Hygenhund 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 Hygenhund dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.

Hygenhund Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
The Hygenhund is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Do Hygenhund dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Hygen Hound bark?
A lot: Hygenhund is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Apartment Friendly
Is Hygenhund good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Hygenhund in an apartment?
It is not recommended to keep the Hygenhund 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 Hygenhund indoors by introducing daily routines.

Hygenhund Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Hygenhund 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 Hygenhund be left alone? How long can you leave a Hygenhund alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Hygenhund Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Hygenhund has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Hygenhund? How much bite force does a Hygenhund have? How strong is a Hygenhund bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Hygenhund bite force: Ordinary. Bite force Hygenhund measurements typically fall within the range of 200 to 400 PSI. The bite force of a Hygenhund is considered ordinary when compared to other dog breeds, but it is still quite powerful. This Hygenhund bite force PSI can cause bite wounds. Hygenhund bite PSI is not something that should be feared if the dog is well-trained and managed. To avoid any issues, it's essential to learn how to train a Hygenhund puppy not to bite from an early age.

The Hygenhund, 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.

In conclusion, while the Hygenhund bite force is certainly an interesting aspect of the breed, it is important not to let it overshadow the many other reasons why these dogs are so loved and respected. With proper training and socialization, a Hygenhund can be a loyal and protective companion for your family.

Biting Potential
Do Hygenhund bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Hygen Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Hygenhund? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Hygenhund 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.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Hygenhund do?
Hygenhund 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 Hygenhund dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Hygenhund Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Hygenhund dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Hygenhund rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Hygenhund breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Hygenhund see the vet?
The Hygenhund 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 Hygenhund dogs live? How old can a Hygenhund be? What is the age limit of the Hygenhund? How many years can the oldest Hygenhund live?

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

How long is the lifespan of a Hygenhund?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Hygenhund: 13 years
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 Hygenhund can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.

Hygenhund Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Hygenhund have? What is the activity level of the Hygenhund?
Hygenhund dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Hygenhund need? How much exercise do Hygenhund dogs require per day?

Do Hygenhund dogs need a lot of exercises?

Hygenhund dogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Hygenhund breed need?
Hygenhund dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.

Hygenhund Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Hygenhund need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Hygenhund breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Hygenhund? How much food should I feed my Hygenhund?
2.5 to 3.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Hygenhund risk for obesity:
Average: The Hygenhund 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 Hygenhund weight regularly.

Hygenhund Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Hygenhund have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Hygenhund coats?
Red YellowChestnut
How to groom the Hygenhund and how often? How often should I take my Hygenhund to the groomer?
Advanced: The Hygenhund requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Hygenhund a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Hygenhund, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Hygenhund dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Hygen Hound? Do Hygenhund dogs shed a lot?
Hygenhund dogs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Hygenhund breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Hygenhund need a bath? How often should you give a Hygenhund a bath? Can I bathe my Hygenhund 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.

Is the Hygenhund breed hypoallergenic?
Hygenhund dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher 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.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Hygenhund 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 Hygenhund drool?
The Hygenhund 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.

Hygenhund Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Hygenhund dogs get along with other pets? Are Hygenhund dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Hygenhund dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Hygenhund temperament with other people:
Hygenhund dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Hygenhund dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Hygenhund temperament with children:
Hygenhund dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Hygenhund 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 Hygenhund breed live with a cat?
Hygenhund dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Hygenhund good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Hygenhund dogs get along with other dogs?
Hygenhund dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Hygenhund breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Hygenhund breed suitable for first-time owners?
Hygenhund dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Hygenhund dogs good office canines? Do Hygenhund dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Hygenhund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Hygenhund dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Hygen Hound temperament with senior people? Are Hygenhund dogs good for elderly owners?
Hygenhunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Hygenhund As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Hygenhund 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).

Hygenhund is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Hygenhund be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Hygenhund 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.

Hygenhund is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Hygenhund 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.

Hygenhund is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Hygenhund 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 Hygenhund is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

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

Not really

Hygenhund 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 Hygenhund 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.

Hygenhund is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

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

Not really

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

Hygenhund Reproducibility

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

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Hygenhund: 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 Hygenhund have in a litter? How many puppies can the Hygenhund breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Hygenhund have? How many puppies can a Hygenhund give birth to?
4-9 puppies

Hygenhund Recognition

AKC Group
Is Hygenhund recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Hygenhund recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Hygenhund Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: The Hygenhund dogs have great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Hygenhund dogs are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Watchdog Ability: Hygenhund dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Hygenhund dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Hygenhund dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Hygenhunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Hygenhund dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Hygenhund dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Hygenhund breed in the home.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Hygenhund requires a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Hygenhund dogs shed above average.
  • Mouthiness: Hygenhund dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
  • Cat Friendly: Hygenhund dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Hygenhund is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Hygenhund History

Hygenhund Origins

The Hygenhund is a scent hound that was created at the turn of the 19th century. The breed is considered a popular Norwegian dog that is used to hunt small game, particularly fox and hare. However, the breed is also extensively used to hunt raccoons and rabbits. The Hygenhund was developed by a devoted scent hound breeder named Mr. Hygen. Once the breed was introduced, it was given the name Hygenhund after its breeder. Mr. Hygen desired a breed with exceptional hunting stamina and the capacity to travel great distances over tough, harsh, and cold terrain.

As a result, hounds from Norway, Germany, and England were crossed with hunting dogs from other countries. According to experts and documentation, the Hygenhund’s ancestors include the Basset Hound, the Bloodhound, the Beagle, the Holsteiner Hound, the Scandinavian Hound, and the English Pointer.

Further development

In Norway, the Hygenhund became quite popular and many people preferred this hunting dog over others. However, in the 20th century, the breed’s popularity began to dwindle. One of the reasons behind this is that the Hygenhund is not well-known outside of its home country so in recent years the breed has seen a decline in popularity. The Hygenhund is a hardworking scent hound and a wonderful family companion, however, another reason for the decline of its popularity is that his tendency to be possessive of his property has given him a negative reputation.

Breeders in Norway are working hard to rehabilitate the breed’s reputation by following stringent breeding protocols. This allows them to work on the inherent temperament of the breed to produce puppies that may not be as naturally possessive as their forefathers. The Hygenhund is recognized by both the Norwegian Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club.

Hygenhund Characteristics

The Hygenhund is famous not only for its haunting qualities but also for being an excellent companion, so the breed is suitable for living in a large family. The Hygenhund is friendly with every one it has known for some time. The breed is fantastic with kids and will usually join in on any game. Furthermore, socialization is insanely vital for the Hygenhund. This is one of the reasons why the breed is often used as a guardian. Although it is small in size, it has an innate instinct to protect. In communication with other dogs, the Hygenhund exhibits different behavior.

On one hand, some individuals may show leadership qualities and on the other hand, some do not show much interest. It is not recommended to leave the dog alone with other animals. The Hygenhund’s excitement and hunting habits can manifest themselves at any time. Moreover, when hunting, the breed always interacts with the owner and other dogs. Usually, the following of the prey is accompanied by loud barking. It is also important to highlight that if you cannot allow your dog to hunt, you need to find an alternative. Go out in the woods, play with various toys, and spend several hours outside.

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