- Dog Breed Group
- Hound Dogs
- Origin of Breed
- Norway as a hunting dog
- Life Expectancy
- 10 - 12 Years
- Gray with black tipped hairs.
- Dense, smooth lying, weather resistant, outer-coat is coarse and straight with an under-coat that is soft and wooly.
- Exercise Needs
- Exercise should be at least one hour per day and can consist of a run or free play.
- The Elkhound is alert, friendly, dependable, trustworthy, independent and dominant
- Good with Children
- Gets along with children, if children do not pester him. Usually get along well with other dogs.
- Grooming Needs
- Minimal grooming is required to keep the coat as his coat is both water and dirt resistant.
- Average Size - Male (in)
- Average Size - Female (in)
- Average Weight - Male (lbs)
- 50 - 55
- Average Weight - Female (lbs)
- 45 - 48
- Health Issues
- Hot spots and shedding problems. Susceptible to subcutaneous cysts and tumors. Possibility to progressive retinal atrophy, lens v
- Living Conditions
- House with a fenced yard is essential.
The Norwegian Elkhound has the courage, agility and stamina to hold big game at a distance and the endurance to track for hours in all types of weather and terrain. He is extremely versatile. Is a straightforward, equable, friendly and gentle character. Makes a great family pet and home guardian as he is very loyal and protective. Puppies are born black but turn gray in about a week as their fur develops. He can trace his ancestors back 6000 years to the Viking days where he was used as a watchdog and guard against wolves and bears and as a hunter of elk and other large game.
The Norwegian Elkhound can scent an elk at several kilometers.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a highly adaptable dog.
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