Dog Breed Profile

Drever History

The Drever is a herding and draft dog that originated in Norway. The Norwegian Kennel Club (NKK) officially recognized the Drever in 1935. References to Drever-like dogs appear in Viking sagas and literature, and the name is mentioned in the Saga of the Volsungs and the Grœnlendinga. The origin of the word “Drever” is unknown. The Drever is a medium-sized working dog, weighing 45–70 kilograms (99–154 lb). It is reddish brown, and is distinguished from other herding and draft breeds by its coat, which is straight and coarse, and lacks an undercoat. All colors and patterns are acceptable.

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Drever Physical Characteristics

The Drever is a small, medium-sized, working, herding, livestock, and companion dog breed that typically stands between 17 and 20 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 35 and 65 pounds. They have a small, sturdy, heavy-boned, compact, and muscular body and a thick, short, and harsh outer coat of fur. They are available in a black, blue, gray, sable, or white coloring and have dark eyes. They shed twice a year and are good watchdogs and family pets.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 13 – 15 inches

Female Height Range: 12 – 14 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 31 – 35 lbs

Female Weight Range: 31 – 35 lbs

Drever Health

Description of breed health.


13-15 yrs

Drever Health Concerns

Intervertebral Disc Degeneration, Otitis Externa, Demodectic Mange

Drever Temperament and Behaviour

The Drever is a very intelligent, playful, and hard-working breed of dog. They are often independent, but are also very loyal to their families and can be protective of them. They can be stubborn and willful, but they can also be sensitive, agile, and athletic.

Drever Activity Requirements

Drevers are small, shorthaired spitz-type herding dogs. They were originally bred in Norway as sheepdogs, but today they are popular companion and guard dogs. Although they are not as high energy as other breeds, Drevers do require a fair amount of exercise and mental stimulation. They thrive when they can have a job to do. They need a job to do in order to be happy. If you are thinking about getting a Drever, it is a good idea to spend some time training them. They are smart and eager to please, so once you train them properly, they will be very well-behaved. They can be kept in the house or out, but they do best when they have a yard or a place where they can run.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Drever is part of the Foundation Stock Service group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Drever is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Drever is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Drever is part of the Hound group.

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