The Dunker, also known as the Norwegian Hound is a scent hound, bred to hunt hares. It is named after its creator, Wilhelm Dunker, who crossed a Russian Harlequin Hound with Norwegian scent hounds to achieve the breed.
The breed has a muscular body and weighs 35-49 pounds. It is 18 to 23 inches tall, has a level topline, a deep chest, and a straight, strong back. The head of the Dunker is long, and it has long, thin, round-tipped ears. Its eyes are large and dark. The Dunker’s coat is thick and typically black or blue marbled saddle with pale white and fawn markings. It can also be brown or black.
The Dunker is energetic and friendly, yet it can also be tranquil at times. It needs to be provided with plenty of activity.
The breed has very few known health problems, yet can still struggle with hip dysplasia.