40-55 lbs
Halden, Halden Hound, Haldenstövare
The Haldenstover, also known as the Halden Hound, is a medium-sized scent hound that was developed in Norway in the 1900s and given its namesake after the Norwegian city of Halden. They have the general appearance of an American Foxhound but are a bit smaller in overall size. Halden Hounds are one of three Norwegian breeds developed to hunt hare, the most commonly hunted quarry in the country, and have been finely tuned over the years to do just that, although they have been employed to hunt and track fox and other small game as well. Unlike many other European scent hounds, Halden Hounds were bred to hunt solo instead of in a pack. They are built for speed and are able to withstand the rigors of both the cold and uneven terrain of their native land. Haldenstovers are quite rare outside of Norway but not for lack of character or ability. They are still revered as greatly accomplished hunters and are beloved for their excellent temperaments in family environments. They are loving, affectionate and loyal animals that form strong bonds with both their trainers and their owners, especially if the responsibility overlaps. Because of it, they've already begun to make the transition from primarily hunters to that of companion animals as well and seem to gain that much more adoration as more and more people get to know them as such.
purpose Purpose
Hunting, Companion
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Norwegian Scent Hounds, European Scent and Sight Hounds

Haldenstover Health

Average Size
Male Haldenstover size stats
Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 40-55 lbs
Female Haldenstover size stats
Height: 19-23 inches Weight: 40-55 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Foot and Toenail Injuries
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Bloat
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Abdominal Ultrasound

Haldenstover Breed History

Although specifically-bred scent hounds have been used for for hunting hare for centuries in Norway, the Halden Hound is one of the newest and smallest additions to that group. They first started being bred in the early 1900s and their origins are believed to have stemmed from a man named Hans Bissiberg Larsen, who took it upon himself to develop a breed more tailored to his liking characteristically. Hunters in the area quickly became aware of Larsen's efforts and took to the dogs as reliable hunting partners. Over time, they eventually infused elements of their own, crossing Larsen's hound with other European scent hounds from England, Sweden and Germany (as well as the possibility of a few other sight hounds) in an effort that eventually created the Halden Hound we know today. While they quickly became a popular breed with hunters, the growing urbanization in the immediate area and surrounding regions kept their growth somewhat marginal before a combination of a canine virus and WWII brought their population to near extinction. Revival efforts did surface shortly after the war, but even with the drafting of the first breed standard in the 1950s, there was still not enough universal interest to keep breeding efforts steadily regaining the breed's overall numbers. Today, less than 25 Haldenstovers are being registered by the Norway Kennel Club annually and they are still considered exceptionally rare outside of their country of origin. They were officially recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

Haldenstover Breed Appearance

Haldenstovers are medium-sized dogs, standing a maximum of two feet tall and weighing an average of around 50 pounds or so. They are similar in appearance to the American Foxhound but are slightly smaller by comparison. Their heads are appropriately sized compared to their overall body size and are composed of a domed, medium-length skull with a slight stop that descends into a muzzle of similar length that is capped with a black, wide-nostril nose. Their eyes are dark brown, medium in size and generally maintain a somewhat tranquil expression while their folded ears are mid-set, somewhat spade-shaped and reach half way down the muzzle if pulled forward. Their necks are long and strong and descend into well-muscled shoulders and a straight, if not slightly humped topline. Their front legs are sturdy and straight, separated by a deep and well-sprung chest. Their hindquarters are muscular, especially in the thigh and their tails are low-carried, thick, long, and tapered. Their coats are short, dense, and straight with another thick undercoat underneath and are primarily white with black and tan or brown spots.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Haldenstover eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Haldenstover nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Haldenstover coat
brown Haldenstover coat
black Haldenstover coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Haldenstover straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Haldenstover Breed Maintenance

Haldenstovers are considered low maintenance dogs as they need only a brushing or two a week with a firm bristle brush to help maintain their coat health by keeping it free of dirt, debris, and loose hair. Their folded ears are the only other true area of concern, as they are more prone than other types to collect excess moisture that may cause ear infections and do need to be checked regularly and cleaned if needed. Otherwise, like any other breed, their nails need to be checked and trimmed as needed to prevent cracks and breaks and their teeth should be brushed at least once a week. Doing so will avoid costly dental expense in the future. Many dog owners have their dog's teeth professionally cleaned once per year.
Brushes for Haldenstover
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Haldenstover requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Haldenstover Temperament

Haldenstovers are known to be exceptionally well-mannered dogs all-around, so it's surprising that their numbers haven't taken off like other similar breeds. They are known to be highly-affectionate, loving, loyal and friendly dogs in the house, even with other dogs and small children, although training and socialization are highly encouraged to get the best behavior out of them regardless. 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 behavior. 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.

Haldenstover Activity Requirements

Haldenstovers are medium to high energy level dogs that need daily exercise to keep in good spirits, good health, and behaving in a positive way. While many other dogs of a similar type are able to relax in the home with the family, Halden Hounds stay relatively active inside, even when everyone else may be settling down - especially if they've not been given a proper amount of attention and exercise that day. Because of it, it is recommended that they get at least 70 minutes of exercise per day, or 18 or so miles of walking or running per week. They are extremely smart and also need mental stimulation to keep from getting bored or frustrated, so incorporating actives that will engage them both mentally and physically will go a long way in maintaining good overall health and behavior. Large fenced yards and dogs parks are preferred, as they will allow the dogs to both run freely and follow their noses without wandering off completely. They can be trained to walk and run on leash as well, but can become easily distracted by sights and smells if not thoroughly trained.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
18 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
70 minutes
activity minutes

Haldenstover Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.50
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$30.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Haldenstover Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Haldenstover size stats at six months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 33.5 lbs
Female Haldenstover size stats at six months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 33.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Haldenstover size stats at 12 months
Height: 19.5 inches Weight: 40.5 lbs
Female Haldenstover size stats at 12 months
Height: 17.5 inches Weight: 40.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Haldenstover size stats at 18 months
Height: 22.0 inches Weight: 47.5 lbs
Female Haldenstover size stats at 18 months
Height: 21.0 inches Weight: 47.5 lbs

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