Haldenstover – General Description
The Halden Hound, also called the Haldenstovare, is a medium sized Norwegian dog breed of the hound class, used for hunting hares and other plains quarry. It resembles an American Foxhound but is smaller. It was named after Halden, a town in southeastern Norway. The breed standard was established in the 1950s.
Classification and Standards
- FCI Group 6, Section 1, #267
- UKC Scenthound Group
Character & Temperament
The Haldenstover is a loving and an affectionate pet as well as a good hunting breed. They are said to be good family dogs and to behave well with children. Haldens are hardy and energetic, able to bear cold weather and maintain a quick pace for extended periods. They do best in homes with large areas to play or owners who provide extensive exercise. Prolonged periods of inactivity can cause them to become restless and unhappy. The Halden does not hunt in packs, as many hounds do. They are bred to hunt alone with their owner. 
The Haldenstover is one of three Norwegian hare hound breeds, and is the smallest in size. Bred for scent hunting, the breed is believed to have been developed through crossing local Norwegian scenthounds with scenthounds from Sweden, Germany, and England. It was first developed in the early 1900s, and the breed standard was established in the 1950s. The Halden is relatively rare,seldom seen outside Norway.
Size & Appearance
The Haldenstover is similar to the American Foxhound in appearance although it is smaller. Haldenstover stands between 17 and 21.5 inches at the shoulder, and weigh approximately 40-55 lbs. They have smooth, very dense coats, hanging ears, and are white with black patches as well as brown shading on the head and legs. They are strong dogs with rectangular bodies and straight, solid backs. The tail is fairly thick, carried low, and hangs down toward the hocks. The skull is slightly domed with a pronounced stop and a straight nosebridge. The cheeks are flat. The ears are pendulous and curled, and the eyes are dark brown and kind. The nose is black. Breeders of Haldenstover aim for a particular foot shape, with high, tight, long toes and dense fur, for greater stability and warmth as the terrain they hunt through is often snowy and difficult to navigate. 
Health & Maintenance
The Haldenstover is healthy breed, with no known health problems.  They have an average lifespan of 12 years. 
- FCI-Standard N° 267 / 09. 08. 1999 / GB Halden Hound (Haldenstøver) http://www.fci.be/uploaded_files/267GB99_en.doc
- De Prisco, Andrew, and Johnson, James B. The Mini-Atlas of Dog Breeds. Neptune City, NJ:TFH Publications,1990. ISBN 978-0-86622-091-0.
- Wilcox, Bonnie, and Walkowicz, Chris. The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World . Neptune City, NJ: TFH Publications, 1995. ISBN 978-0-7938-1284-4
- Fogle, Bruce. The New Encyclopedia of the Dog. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2000. ISBN 978-0-7894-6130-8
- Grandjean, Dominique, DVM. The Royal Canin Dog Encyclopedia Paris, France: Aniwa Publishing, 2000. ISBN 2-7476-0010-6
- Sabine (dogwiki) on http://www.profi1a.de/dogwiki/index.php/Benutzer:Sabine [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
FCI-Standard N° 267 / 09. 08. 1999 / GB
TRANSLATION : Norsk Kennel Klub.
ORIGIN : Norway.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 09.08.1999.
F.C.I. CLASSIFICATION :
- Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
- Section 1.2 Medium-sized Hounds.
With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE :
Rectangular build, proud, strong, but not heavy.
Clean, of medium size and well balanced.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Slightly domed seen from the front and from the side, the occipital protuberance scarcely perceptible.
Stop : Not abrupt.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Black with open nostrils.
Muzzle : Not too short, bridge of nose straight.
Lips : Not too pendulous.
Jaws/Teeth : Scissor bite. Complete dentition.
Cheeks : Relatively flat.
Eyes : Dark brown, medium-sized, tranquil expression.
Leathers : Set neither too high nor too low; should reach to the middle of the muzzle when pulled forward.
Rather long, strong, clean and without any dewlap.
Topline : Straight.
Back : Strong.
Loin : Broad and muscular.
Croup :Slightly sloping.
Chest : Deep, with well-sprung ribs, but not barrel-shaped. The back ribs should be particularly well developed.
Belly : Very slightly tucked up.
Set-on neither too high nor too low, rather thick, reaching approximately to the hocks. Carried rather low.
General appearance : Legs straight and lean with strong bone.
Shoulders : Shoulder blade long and oblique, muscular. Tips not protruding over topline.
Forearm : Straight and lean.
Pasterns : Slightly sloping.
Forefeet : Oval in shape, well arched, preferably well-knit, well covered with hair between the toes.
Upper thigh : Broad and muscular.
Stifles : Well angulated.
Lower thigh : Long.
Hocks : Lean and broad, turned neither in nor out. Well angulated.
Hind feet : Oval in shape, well arched, preferably close together, well covered with hair between the toes. Dewclaws acceptable, but not desirable.
GAIT / MOVEMENT :
Light, covering ground, parallel.
Harsh, very dense and straight with dense undercoat.
White with black patches, tan shadings on head and legs and sometimes between the white and the black patches. Black must not predominate, small black or tan spots are regarded as mismarked.
Height at withers : Males 52-60 cm, ideal 56 cm.
Females 50-58 cm, ideal 54 cm.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
TagsAfghanistan Africa America Ancient Egypt Ancient Greece Assistance Dogs Austria Bark Behavior Belgium Biology Bosnia Breed Type Canary Islands Catahoula Companion Dog Coonhound Croatia Cur Dog Sport Dog Types Egypt England English-French Evolution Finland Foxhound France Germany Greece Guard Dogs Hairless Health History Hounds Hungary Iberia Imperial China Ireland Israel Italy Lap Dog Malta Montenegro North Africa Norway Nutrition Palestine Pariah Persia Peru Poland Portugal Primitive Rabies Ridgeback Roman Russia Scenthound Scotland Serbia Sicily Sighthound Slovakia Spain Spitz Sweden Switzerland Taiwan Thailand The Domestic Dog Training Transylvania Wales Working Dogs