Other names: Hygenhund, Hygen Dog
The fact is that you’ve probably never heard of the Hygenhund. Even so, you will probably recognise his stance and his look, as he is an active, muscular and lithe dog, certainly very hound-like. Even though this breed of Hygenhund was developed for hunting purposes, he is also an amazing family pet too. If you are searching for a breed that will be obedient, loyal and also a good watchdog, perhaps the Hygenhund is the dog for you.
Key facts about the Hygen Hound
Life expectancy :
Temperament :Intelligent Hunter
Origins and history
This Norwegian hound was developed during the 19th century. A Norwegian breeder, Mr. Hygen, was responsible for breeding the first dogs of this variety; a hunting dog with great determination and stamina to pursue prey through the harsh Arctic regions. His first scent hounds, the Holsteiner Hounds, were bred with Scandinavian Hounds, to produce the resulting Hygenhunds who were more compact and lighter. Even today, the breed is very rare outside of Norway.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Hygen Hound
Female : Between 19 and 22 in
Male : Between 20 and 23 in
Female : Between 44 and 55 lb
Male : Between 44 and 55 lb
Yellow and red, chestnut (possibly with or without black shading), black with chestnut (often with white markings).
Type of coat
Straight and rough-haired, yet shiny and dense too.
This medium-sized scent hound is solidly built, yet compact. His head is triangular-shaped with a broad skull. The Hygenhund’s tail is carried high, and it should not curl over his back. His wide ears hang down, framing his face. This dog has a calm and keen expression with dark brown eyes.
Good to know
Outside of his native Norway, the Hygenhund dog isn’t very well known. In recent years his popularity has declined rapidly. This hard-working scent hound, and great family companion dog, has been given a hard rap, probably because of his tendency to be possessive.
As the Hygenhund was initially developed as a hunting dog, he will probably have a totally different temperament when hunting to when he is at home. They are very obedient and loyal dogs, energetic too, but affectionate in the home.
When associating with children, the Hygenhund can be protective, playful and loving, especially if he is socialised with the children from a young age.
When trained and socialised, the Hygenhund is a calm, stoic dog.
Because of his hunting capabilities, the Hygenhund is an intelligent hound, who will respond well to training routines.
A scent hound used to hunt hares and foxes.
Fearful / wary of strangers
The Hygenhund will be loving and loyal towards those he lives with, but can be quite wary of strangers. He may become aggressive to any stranger who approaches him.
This happy, energetic lively dog likes to stay busy. He is independent too and can become very possessive about his toys and food bowl.
Behaviour of the Hygen Hound
This dog only moderately tolerates solitude, preferring interaction and guidance from his owner.
Easy to train / obedience
Usually very obedient, the Hygenhund will be loyal and respond to your training techniques, providing you use positive training methods. Once this dog understands a command, he will remember it.
This breed needs lots of attention from his owner, otherwise he will become very vocal. In normal circumstances though, there is some barking, but not constantly.
Tendency to run away
As a scent hound, the Hygenhund needs a fenced yard. He may well give chase if he picks up an attractive scent when out walking.