Dog Profiles - Description of Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound

Description: 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. They are extremely versatile. Norwegian Elkhounds are straightforward, equable, friendly and gentle characters. They make a great family pet and home guardian as they are very loyal and protective. Norwegian Elkhound puppies are born black but turn gray in about a week as their fur develops.

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. Gets along with children if they do not pester him. Usually get along well with other dogs. Excellent watch-dog with his piercing bark. Good guard-dog.

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: A 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.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 5), KC (GB), UKC