Description: Bred to help hunt elk and pull sleds, this breed is a great mix of traits: levelheaded, friendly, gentle, and able to treat any human as an individual, but then can lose it due to an incredibly strong hunting instinct. Be very careful outside in any areas with small animals.
These are hardy, sturdy dogs that love the outdoors and will stay by their family/owners/handlers’ side over any terrain. Check the dog’s feet periodically if it’s out hiking with you. Norwegian Elkhounds have a very hig h pain threshold and will not let their family/owners/handlers know they are hurt. These dogs are very trainable and love to learn – or do anything else that keeps them close to their family/owners/handlers.
Other Names: Elkhound, Norsk Elghund
Height: 19 - 21 inches
Weight: 44 - 50 lbs.
Colors: Gray with black tipped hairs
Coat: Dense, smooth lying, weather resistant, outer-coat is coarse and straight with an under-coat that is soft and wooly. Shedding is year-round. No doggie order.
Temperament: Alert, friendly, dependable, trustworthy, independent, dominant
With Children: Yes, if children do not pester him.
With Pets: Yes, usually get along well with other dogs.
Special Skills: Hunting dog for large wild game.
Watch-dog: Very High, excellent watchdog with his piercing bark
Care and Exercise: Minimal grooming is required to keep the coat as his coat is both water and dirt resistant. Exercise should be at least one hour per day and can consist of a run or free play.
Training: Early training is necessary especially in the area of barking. It is suggested you begin at about 12 weeks of age. Too much barking should be discouraged. Be firm with Norwegian Elkhounds as they have a mind of their own and are independent. Do not punish unfairly.
Learning Rate: Very High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - High
Activity: Indoors - High, Outdoors - Medium
Living Environment: House with a fenced yard is essential. The owner of a Norwegian Elkhound must be dominate as he could be a challenge to train.
Health Issues: Hot spots and shedding problems. Susceptible to subcutaneous cysts and tumors. Possibility to progressive retinal atrophy, lens luxation glaucoma and congenital kidney disease.
Life Span: 10 - 12 Years
Litter Size: 7 - 14
Country of Origin: Norway
History: 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.
First Registered by the AKC: 1913
AKC Group: Hound Group