Only the Norwegian Elkhound, Grey is safe. The six other Norwegian dog breeds are at risk, with the Hygen Hound as the most endangered with only fourteen new puppies last year.
– In recent years, we unfortunately have seen a downward trend when it comes to Norwegian dog breeds, says Stepanka Horákové, the Norwegian Kennel Club Communications Manager. And the negative trend continued last year.
Hare Hounds in Crisis
The three breeds of hare hounds: Dunker, Haldenstøver and Hygen Hound had respectively 142, 39 and 14 new registered puppies last year.
At the same time, it was born 54 Lunde Hounds, 91 Norwegian Buhunds and 183 Norwegian Elkhounds, Black.
Dunker. (Photo: Unknown)
-All these breeds are in danger of extinction. We are working hard to try to reverse the trend and attract more buyers of Norwegian dog breeds, says Horákové.
When it comes to the hare hounds, she believes part of the reason for the decline is less hare hunting than before.
For the other breeds, it is difficult to explain the decline in popularity. Also in Norway, there has been a slight tendency for more exotic breeds such as Chihuahua to become more popular.
She encourages people to choose a Norwegian dog – if it fits into your life.
-All the Norwegian breeds have a good temperament, so there would be no reason not to choose them for that reason. Buhund and Lunde Hound are very good family dogs. The most important thing is that you find a type of dog that fits into your life. Then both the owner and the dog will be happy, says Horákové.
She is happy that Norwegian Elkhound, Grey still is a very popular breed. Last year it was the breed with the second highest number of registered puppies – as many as 973.
Text by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews