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Halden Hound

Norwegian hunting and family dog


This Norwegian scent hound is named after the area of its origin: the city of Halden in southern Norway, right on the Swedish border. The Halden Hound was created there in the latter half of the 19th century by crossing foxhounds from England, Beagles and local scent hounds. Early on, these breeding efforts gave a rather uniform type of scent hound, thus providing the basis for a new breed. However, there were always problems linked to the narrow breeding basis. An outbreak of canine parvovirus in 1931 and the Second World War nearly wiped out the Halden Hound, but a few committed individuals started breeding the dog again after the war. In 1952, the Halden Hound was approved as a separate breed. Thereupon, interest in the breed grew and numerous champions were made up. However, the breed’s popularity started to dwindle from the mid-1950’s, and has thus never been large in numbers. In recent years, the number of newly registered puppies of Halden Hound at the Norwegian Kennel Club has been between 10 and 20 a year. The number is considered dangerously low, and must increase considerably if the breed is to be secured a viable future.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Haldenstover, Halden, Anchor Dust, Bisseberg Hounds


Halden Hounds are known to be exceptionally well-mannered dogs all-around, so it’s surprising that they are little known outside of Norway. They are known to be highly affectionate, loving, loyal and friendly dogs in the house, even with other dogs and small children. Unlike many other scent hounds who are notoriously stubborn and difficult to train, Halden Hounds are a bit easier going and tend to take direction well as long as they have a semi-experienced owner or trainer who is familiar with keeping a calm, yet assertive hand. In the field, they are excitable and energetic hunters with incredible ability from their ultra sensitive noses to their impressive speed when chasing down their prey. Because they were bred to hunt alone, they generally form strong personal bonds with their owners but do require quite a bit of attention above and beyond their high energy requirements. Because of it, they are not well-suited for a home where they will be left alone for long periods of time, as they will become restless and frustrated and may, in turn, exhibit poor or destructive behaviour. They are also much better suited for large homes with more open space, as unlike some of their relatives, are actually quite active indoors and will willingly exert energy on their own if not properly exercised. Their necessary activity levels also mean they are better suited for active families with the time and energy to take them out for exercise on a regular basis.


This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources

PURPOSE BRED FORHunting, Companion
TEMPERAMENTLoving, Affectionate, Loyal
EXERCISE NEEDED2 hours per day
HEIGHT – MALE52-60 cm / 20-23.5 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE50-58 cm / 19.5-22.5 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPEShort and Straight


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