Norwegian Elkhound

Origin: NorwayNorwegian Elkhound Breed

Type: Hound

Weight: Male – 23­-27kg
Female – 18­-25kg

Height: Male – 19­-21in / 48-­53cm
Female – 18-­20in / 46­-51cm

Appearance: The Norwegian Elkhound is a medium-­sized dog breed. They have a double-layered coat that protects them from different weather conditions; this consists of a short and thick top layer and a dense, soft undercoat to keep them warm. Elkhounds are usually grey with black-tipped hairs across the torso and head. They have almond-­shaped eyes, normally brown, and pointed erect ears. The tail is hairy, curled and set high over the back.

Temperament: Elkhounds are intelligent and loyal animals. In some cases they can be reserved with strangers but they are friendly and trustworthy. The Norwegian Elkhound is playful but can become bored relatively easily, so you’ll need to figure out a way to keep them occupied in both body and mind

Skills: Elkhounds are strong and sturdy dogs that have been used for hunting wolves, bears and moose. They are energetic, easy to train and need lots of daily exercise. Keep your Elkhound busy and happy with canine sports like agility, or just as a companion when you’re running or hiking.

Behaviour Toward Other Animals and Children: Norwegian Elkhounds are excellent choices as family pets, even if you already have children. They are kind and protective but in some cases they can become dominant especially towards children. Other pets like cats and dogs won’t be a problem. However remember that Elks have a high prey drive and the chases in the house might get messy.

Common Health Problems: Elkhounds are generally a healthy breed but some of the following health issues might still occur – Fanconi syndrome, hypothyroidism, progressive retinal atrophy and sebaceous cysts.

Lifespan: Average 12 to 15 years.