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Norwegian Elkhound


General Description:

The Norwegian Elkhound is a hardy grey hunting dog. In appearance, a typical northern dog of medium size and substance, square in profile and close coupled. The breed has existed since the time of the Vikings, and are used to hunt Moose in Norway. The breed has a very dignified ,independent , intelligent temperament.



Females: Preferred height at the withers is 19 1/2" inches, and roughly 45 pounds. Males: Preferred height at the withers is 20 1/2 "inches, and roughly 55 pounds.



Grey(all shades) with black on the tips of their guard hairs, ears, muzzle.


Energy Level:

The Elkhound should be bold and energetic, friendly and have a calm manner with strangers. They are natural guardians to there people and property. A good all around active family dog, with the energy to hunt or play with their owners all day long. They are not a breed to rough-house with, it will only make them lose respect for you.


Life expectancy:

11 to 15 years



Elkhounds are very good with children if raised with them as young dogs.


Other animals:

Most Elkhounds are good with all animals and livestock if around them as a young dog. Adult males that are unaltered, are not always good with other males.



Elkhounds are good at agility, rally, obedience competition, and love to hike and camp with their owners.



Elkhounds do need owners that like to brush, as they shed once or twice a year. Their coats need to be brushed at least once a week.



Eyes, hips, sebaceous cysts, renal disease are some of the health concerns of Norwegian Elkhounds owners.


Best with:

An active, outdoor owner is always a plus for an Elkhound, but they certainly do love their house time. They are a dog that can not tolerate being neglected, they need daily interaction with their owners.


Not for:

People who do not have time to spend with a dog and give it the daily time, exercise & training the Elkhound requires.



Norwegian Elkhounds tend to see people as a co-existing life form, not as all powerful masters. Once you have earned an Elkhounds trust and love you will have an incredibly deep and strong bond of friendship that you will remember the rest of your life.



Barking is probably their worse fault ,because they have such an observant nature on what's going on around their homes and owners.


Further Information:

Norwegian Elkhound Association of America
Hunting with an Elkhound
The New Complete Norwegian Elkhound by Olav Wallo
Breed Details

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