Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Norway
Group: Working dog, Guard dog
Height: males 19-21 in., females 18-20 in.
Weight: males 50-60 lbs., females 40-55 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: not trustworthy with small animals

What is the origin of the Norwegian Elkhound?

The Norwegian Elkhound, a spitz-type dog, dates back to the time of the Vikings. The name is translated from the original Norwegian “Norsk Elghund” which means “Norwegian Moose Dog.”

What does the Norwegian Elkhound look like?

The Norwegian Elkhound is a medium size dog with a squarish build, 18-21 inches tall and weighing 40-60 lbs. Its head is wedge-shaped. Small ears are erect with pointed tips. Eyes are oval-shaped. The curved tail is carried over the center back. The outer coat is medium length, coarse and straight with a dense, soft undercoat. The double coat is weather resistant. Color is shadings of gray. Muzzle, ears and tail tip are black. Brush 2 or 3 times weekly, daily when shedding.

What is the temperament of the Norwegian Elkhound?

The Norwegian Elkhound is a strong, loyal dog that bonds closely with its humans. They love lots of attention and are very sensitive to their humans moods. They are courageous and somewhat independent. Early, patient training will avoid problems. They are very friendly, but have a loud bark which will warn of someone approaching. Norwegian Elkhounds get along very well with children and are very playful. They require vigorous daily walks and exercise.

What is the Norwegian Elkhound used for?

They were originally used as hunter of large game, particularly moose. This hardy dog loves cold weather. The Norwegian Elkhound is a star at agility and tracking and is a good watchdog. Their loyalty and playfulness make them good family pets.

Possible Health Issues

Hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, Fanconi Syndrome (kidney disease), skin cysts, glaucoma, retinal dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy.

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