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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Hounding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: ,


Size: Medium     Weight: 44 to 55 pounds     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Brown & White


Life Expectancy: About 10 – 12 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Hygenhunds are medium-sized scenthounds of solid and compact rectangular build and firm back. First produced in the 19th century from various hounds, including German ones, this is a very Norwegian breed. They are particularly uncommon, especially outside of Norway, where they are bred for very specific conditions.

The Hygenhund is an endurance hunter who can traverse arctic terrain for long periods of time without fatigue. Their heads are triangular, with a broad skull and dark eyes. The ears are wide, the muzzle medium sized and the neck long and clean. They have level toplines and a solid, compact body. The legs are solid and muscular and the feet compact, and they move in a well-balanced, reaching motion. The tail is carried high, but not curled over the back. Their temperaments are energetic and free-spirited.


They can be found in yellow and red, chestnut (with or without black shading) and black with bright chestnut colors, sometimes combined with white markings.


They have a thick, shiny coat with straight hairs.


Best known for its energetic and lively nature, the Hygenhund loves to keep busy at work or play. These dogs thrive on strong and dependable relationships with humans, and often look to their owner for leadership and guidance. This breed is highly intelligent and generally easy to train. As a pet, the Hygenhund is obedient, loyal, loving, and very affectionate. The Hygenhund is not suited for full-time indoor or apartment living, as it enjoys spending time outdoors, taking long walks, and having plenty of room to roam, run, and play.


While the Hygenhund is typically known as a healthy and hearty breed, they do suffer from a few health problems, including: hip dysplasia, arthritis, von Willebrand's Disease - a blood clotting disorder, kidney stones, chronic kidney infection, food allergies, sensitivity to anesthesia, and bloat. Frequent brushing and grooming maintenance is required. Bathing should be done when necessary.


Due to its eagerness to please and impress its owner and willingness to learn, the Hygenhund generally responds well to basic training and commands. This intelligent breed has the ability to learn to perform most any task its trainer is willing to take the time to teach. Establishing immediate trust and respect is key to successfully training the Hygenhund. These dogs respond best to a confident, patient, and caring handler with a stern yet gentle approach to repetitive exercises and tasks.


The Hygenhund is a very healthy breed of dog and very energetic as well. It is not possible for everyone to tame this breed. Its very energetic and needs a lot of exercise. It requires ample space to run about freely so it will not be able to stay in an apartment. The free space provided to this breed must however have strong boundary.

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