Shibameze: Haldenstovare? (Halden hound)?
I read about this breed a little bit in a book. There wasn't much information but what I read was rather intriguing. Does anyone know anything about the breed (also know as Halden Hound)?
Just curious. Beautiful dogs.
They're native to Norway and information in English is hard to find online.
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Answer by StellaStarfire
Here is what I found online…I don't know if you have come across any of these sites, but they are in English.
and from sarah's dogs site:
At first glance at a Halden Hound you would think that you are looking at an American Foxhound as both have the same body built and coloring. With an approximate weight of 40 to 55 pounds and a height of 17 to 21 inches, it is very apparent that the Halden Hound is smaller than the American Foxhound that has an average weight of 65 to 75 pounds and has an average height of 26 to 29 inches measured at the withers.
The Halden Hound's rectangular build shows strength although it does not appear to be heavy. This elegant dog has a slightly domed skull, a medium sized muzzle and a straight nasal bridge. The cheeks are rather flat. Not too pendulous lips enclose complete dentition with a perfect scissor bite. A Halden Hound has medium sized dark brown eyes that show a tranquil expression. Ears that are set neither too high nor too low would reach the middle part of the muzzle when drawn forward. The ears hang down the sides of the head.
This dog's rather long neck is strong without any dewlap. A Halden Hound's back is strong, the topline is straight and the loin is broad and muscular. This dog has a slightly sloping croup. The deep chest has well sprung ribs and the belly is slightly tucked up. The thick tail that reaches to the hock is usually carried low. This breed has straight lean well boned forelegs and hind legs. The muscular thighs as well as the strong boned limbs give the dog agility and good speed. Oval shaped feet are tightly knit and well arched. Feet should have dense hair between the toes. This is very necessary as these dogs traverse snowy terrain when hunting. A Halden Hound's coat is straight, dense and harsh to the touch. This breed has a dense undercoat. The white predominant coat color is made distinct with black markings on the dog's body and tan shadings on the dog's head and legs. Some individuals may have tan shadings between the black and white markings and tan spots above the eyes, on the cheeks and on the dog's breast and legs.
The Halden Hound is an energetic hunter. This dog exhibits its independent nature when hunting. A Halden Hound is an exceptional passionate hunter but it makes an ideal pet as well. The Halden Hound has a loyal and affectionate nature. This breed bonds closely with its human family. It behaves well with other dogs and smaller pets in the household especially if they have grown together. Because of its gentle and playful nature, this dog makes a wonderful companion and playmate of the children. However, very small children should not be allowed to be with the dog alone. This is a gentle breed and it does not have an aggressive demeanor but the dog may react if inadvertently hurt by a kid.
These dogs are hunters, primarily developed to chase its prey. As such it would not be a good idea to keep the dog in cramped living quarters such as an apartment. A bored Halden Hound will be a destructive dog. This breed can be very noisy when bored. The dog has high exercise requirements. These dogs would do best in a home with adequate areas where the dog can run and play. A Halden Hound has a weatherproof coat that allows it to bear cold weather for extended periods of time. The dog would appreciate to be allowed to run free in a fence secured yard. Other hound breeds hunt in pack, not a Halden Hound. This hound was trained to hunt alone with a human hunter. As such, the dog may exhibit a dominant personality over other dogs. It would not be a good idea to take this breed for a walk without a leash as a fight with other dog may ensue. This unwanted behavior can be corrected with obedience training and socialization. The trouble is the dog's independent nature. Because of the dog willful streak, training can be challenging especially for a first time dog owner.
Similar to other short coated dogs, the Halden Hound is an easy to care for breed. This hound is a minimal shedder and regular brushing would ensure that dead hair is removed. The skin as well as the coat would benefit from frequent brushing as it will distribute the natural oils of the coat. Some pampered pets are taken to the salon for professional grooming and for steam treatments though if it is not possible the dog can be bathed with mild soap and warm water. Being a hunting breed and one with pendulous ears, this dog is prone to ear infections. Ears must be cleaned regularly more so if the dog has been on a hunting trip.
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