Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound

The AKC recognized the Elkhound around 1930.

The Norwegian Elkhound is a large dog with soitz-features and a curled tail. It was bred to hunt elks and that's why it's build for endurance and agility. It has a furry, thick coat with a wooly, undercoat and a coarse outer coat. It sheds a lot and needs frequent brushing and care.

Personality

The Norwegian Elkhond is very playful and active dog breed with lots of energy and needs plenty of daily exercise. It makes a good jogging companion, but long walks and vigorous play will also satisfy its needs. It's adventurous and independent and loves cold weather. It's friendly with children, but may be too boisterous for children. Its shy towards other dogs but friendly with strangers.

Breed Characteristics

Type:Pure
Family:Spitz
Function:Hunting
Origin:Europe
Preferred Climate:Cold
Group:Hounds
Life Span:10-12 Years
Nicknames:The Norwegian Elkhound, The Norsk Elghund, The Gra Norsk Elghund, The Gray Norwegian Elkhound, The Small Grey Elk Dog, The Norwegian Moose Dog, The Harmaa Norjanhirvikoira
Hypoallergenic:No

Norwegian Elkhound Build Information

The Norwegian Elkhound is a large dog with soitz-features and a curled tail. It was bred to hunt elks and that is why it is build for endurance and agility. It has a furry, thick coat with a wooly, undercoat and a coarse outer coat. It sheds a lot and needs frequent brushing and care.

Size:Medium
Length (Male):13-20 in.
Length (Female):18-20 in.
Weight:41 - 65 lbs
Litter Size:5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop:No

Behaviour and Personality

The Norwegian Elkhond is very playful and active dog breed with lots of energy and needs plenty of daily exercise. It makes a good jogging companion, but long walks and vigorous play will also satisfy its needs. It is adventurous and independent and loves cold weather. It is friendly with children, but may be too boisterous for children. Its shy towards other dogs but friendly with strangers.

Activity Level:Very Active
Affection Level:Very Affectionate
Aggressiveness Level:Easy
Barking:Noisy
Dominating or Submissive?:None
Energy Level:Very Active
Good to Other Pets:Friendly
Guardian Skills:Yes
Independant:Yes
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly

Appearance

The Elkhound sheds heavily and needs frequent grooming and brushing.

Colors:Black, Gray, Silver, White
Shedding:Seasonal
Grooming:Medium Maintenance
Coat Type:Dense

Norwegian Elkhound Common Health Conditions

Although this breed is generally healthy, the Elkhound is prone to Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Fanconi Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, and Sebaceous Cysts.

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Breed Talents and Facts

This energetic dog breed is a very playful companion. It is shy to other dogs and pets, but friendly towards strangers. This dog breed is very protective and easy to train, and therefore used as watchdog. With its thick and double coat the Elkhound is cold weather-proof, but most happy living with its family.

Training:Easy
Hunting Companion:Yes
Jolly for Jogging:Yes
Ideal for Tracking:Yes
Herding Skills:Yes
Dutiful Watchdog:Yes
Dog Sledding:Yes
Able to Perform Dog Carting:Yes
Agile/Zippy:Yes
Obedient:Yes