Hygen Hound – General Description
The Hygen Hound is a medium sized scenthound breed that originated in Norway. It is also known as the Hygenhund or Hygenstøver.
Classification and Standards
- FCI Group 6, Section 1.2, #266
- UKC Scenthound Group
Character & Temperament
The Hygen Hound is an excellent hunter. This breed bonds strongly with immediate family and is affectionate and gentle with the children. This is a cheerful, lively and intelligent companion. They are however, naturally suspicious of strangers. Socialization will help stop their tendency to be dominant with other dogs and smaller pets.
The Hygen Hound is named after its creator, Norwegian breeder HF Hygen. Hygen created this breed of hunting hound in the 1800s. He wanted a hunting dog that would be an expert hunter, one that will have the stamina to be able to hunt and run in the thick snow and the freezing temperature of the Arctic regions for longer periods of time without tiring. When Mr. Hygen moved from Ring Rike to Romerike in 1839, he imported Holsteiner hounds from Germany and crossed the dogs with various Scandinavian hounds. The dogs that were produced were again crossed with the Norwegian to give the new breed a lightweight frame that will allow the dog to run longer without tiring easily.
Size & Appearance
Hygen Hounds coats should be straight and preferably somewhat rough to the touch, dense, shiny and not too short The back of the thighs and the tail may be somewhat more heavily coated, but not too much.
- Red-brown or yellow-red, often with black shading on head, back and tail set, with or without white markings.
- Black and tan, usually combined with white markings.
- White with red-brown or yellow-red patches and ticks, or with black and tan markings.
The different colors should be clearly defined from each other.
Height at withers for males should be 20-23 inches (50-58 cm) and females 19-22 inches (47-55 cm).
Health & Maintenance
No unusual health problems or claims of extraordinary health have been documented for this breed.
- Bjørn Konestabo (Own work) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (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.
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