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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
Other Names
What other names does the Dunker have? The dog breed also known as...
Norwegian Hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
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.
Price
How much does the Dunker puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Dunker price:
$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.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Dunker size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Dunker weigh? Dunker weight:
25–39 pounds (11–18 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Dunker? Dunker average weight:
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)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Dunker average height:
Male: 20–22 inches (50–55 cm), Female: 19–21 inches (47–53 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Dunker have? What does this canine coat look like?
StraightHardDense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Dunker's coat?
BrownWhiteBlue MerleBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Dunker and how often?
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? Dunker shedding level:
Dunkers 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.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Dunker have? What characteristics does the breed have?
CalmSpiritedEnergeticFriendly
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Dunker? Are they intelligent?
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 for the first command 85% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Dunker dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Dunkers 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:
Dunkers 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 for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Dunkers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Norwegian Hound need? Dunker social needs:
Dunkers 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? 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 same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Dunker good as a watchdog?
Dunkers are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Dunkers will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Dunker dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Dunkers 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.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Dunker do?
Dunkers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Dunkers need to be taught for 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?
Dunkers 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?
Dunkers 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?
Dunkers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Dunkers 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
Can you leave this breed home 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.
Fighting Dog
Where Dunker dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Dunkers are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Dunker dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Dunker and children:
Dunkers 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?
Dunkers 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? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Dunkers 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.
Office Friendly
Are Dunkers good office dogs? Do Dunkers make good office friendly dogs? Can Dunkers 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.
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Dunker breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Dunkers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Dunker be a service dog?
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?
Not really
This breed 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 to 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
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
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Dunker is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
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.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Dunker dogs have health problems?
Dunkers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Dunker dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Dunker be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Dunker breed hypoallergenic?
No
Dunkers 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?
Dunkers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Dunker dogs require per day?
Dunkers 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 this fido need?
Dunkers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Dunker need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
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's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & 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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Dunker pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Dunker pregnancy time period:
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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the Dunker have a litter? 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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Pros & Cons of Dunker

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: Dunkers are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Dunkers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Dunkers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Dunkers are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Dunkers 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: Dunkers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Dunkers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Shedding Level: Dunkers are heavy shedders.
  • Mouthiness: Dunkers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Dunkers 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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