Hygen Hound


His great need for exercise is vital, therefore life in the country works better for him than in the city. It is preferable that the Hygen Hound be well trained as early as possible to allow his good qualities to develop instead of his faults. Unfortunately, his tendency to bite affects the spreading of the breed elsewhere on the planet and even in Norway, his country of origin.

Height 47 to 58 cm
Weight 20 to 25 kg
Life expectancy 11 to 13 years
Home country Norway

Quick Overview of the Hygen Hound


  • Very tenacious
  • Quiet and gentle family dog
  • Strong character


  • Rectangular shaped silhouette
  • Physique built for hunting
  • Rather straight, dense and rough coat
  • Black truffle


  • Hardy and robust
  • Hardly ever sick
  • Excellent health

Temperament of the Hygen Hound

The Hygen Hound is a hardy, resistant and very tenacious hunting dog that will be calm and gentle if he received a good education. The Hygen Hound has a very assertive character and sometimes bites if he is not well trained.

Very resistant, he can follow a track for a very long time without ever giving up, which is why Norwegian hunters greatly appreciate him. His versatility allows him to hunt on all terrains, all types of game and in all weather conditions.

Breed Appearance

hygen hound

The Hygen Hound is medium-size, strong, compact and solidly built, with a rectangular body. His hunting physique is sturdy and firm.


Between 50 and 58 cm (19.69 to 22.83 inches) for the male
Between 47 and 55 cm (18.50 to 21.65 inches) for the female


Between 20 and 25 kg (44.09 to 55.12 pounds) for the male
Between 20 and 25 kg (44.09 to 55.12 pounds) for the female



His coat is rather straight, dense, harsh to the touch, not too short and very glossy.


His medium-size eyes are a beautiful dark brown. His ears are a nice width and length. His nose is completely black. His tail is slightly curved upwards or completely straight and its length reaches almost the hock.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #266

Tips About this breed

His guardian instincts are very present and he can bite. His education must therefore be early and aim to control this unpleasant habit.

The Hygen Hound does not like the city and concrete and prefers the wide open spaces of the countryside. He is a born hunter but he is also good at guarding.

Health of the Hygen Hound

The Hygen Hound is very robust and almost never sick. His health is excellent and he lives a long life.


His beautiful ears are to be watched especially after a hunting episode and his coat requires a good regular brushing but no other particular maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

In the 19th century, created by Hygen, a Norwegian breeder from whom the breed gets his name, the Hygen Hound was crossed with Scandinavian hounds, H├Âlstein hounds from a region in Northern Germany and Swiss hounds.

Although this dog was created as a hunting hound at the time, he is also used for companionship and guarding as he has a strong protective character and has become a very versatile hunting dog.

Even so, he remains virtually unknown outside Norwegian borders.

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