Norwegian Elkhound Breed Summary
Energetic, Affectionate, Loyal, Protective and Playful
These dogs are a very sturdy and solid looking breed and were originally bred to hunt Elk in the northern regions of Norway. They belong to the Spitz family of dogs and have the pricked ears and tight curly tails associated with the breed. In Norway, they remain a highly prized breed for both their stamina and fantastic hunting skills.
Unfortunately, they are not as well known around the rest of the world but are slowly starting to rise in popularity mainly due to their lovely appearance and gentle nature. They are best suited to hoomans who already have specific knowledge and experience with the breed.
Fun Fact: The breed has been around as far back as 5,000 BC!
|Kennel Club Group||Hound|
|Lifespan||12 - 15 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 20.5in Females 19.5in|
|Weight||Males and Females 48lb - 55lb|
|Coat||Coats are Very Profuse and Close Lying. They Topcoat is Corse and the Undercoat is Softer and Dense with a Woolly Texture|
|Color||Gray, Gray & Black, Wolf Gray|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Renal dysplasia, Patellar luxation, Fanconi syndrome, Von Willebrand’s disease Type II, Early retinal degeneration (ERD), Intracutaneous cornifying epithelioma, Hot spots, Sebaceous cysts, Hypothyroidism|
|Other Names||Elkhound, Norwegian Moose Dog, Small Grey Elk Dog, Gray Norwegian Elkhound, Norsk Elghund, Grå Norsk Elghund|
These guys are known for their very high levels of energy. For this reason, they need to be kept by a family that already lead a very active lifestyle that Elkhounds can easily slot into. They absolutely love hoomans and thrive in a family environment, making them extremely sociable and happy dogs! The breed can sometimes seem very over-protective of their families, so it is important that they are socialized from a young age to try and tone down this trait. They need to know their place in the pack otherwise they will take on the role of Alpha Male, making them fairly difficult to live with! Because of their love of people, they don't like to be left alone for too long as this can lead to them developing separation anxiety and becoming destructive and depressed. For this reason, they need someone to be with them for most of the day.