The Norwegian Elkhound is an agile breed with a thick double coat.
This Nordic breed is a good family dog and requires plenty of exercise.
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Finding a Norwegian Elkhound
- Medium build, square frame
- Muzzle, ears and tail tip are black
- Large, strong, wedge-shaped head with small ears
- Fox-like face with small ears
- Dark brown eyes
- Coat: Thick hair; rough double-coat; overall color is gray with black markings. Water- and dirt-resistant.
- Tail tightly curled onto back
- Height: 19-21 inches
- Weight: 45-55 pounds
- Average lifespan: 12-13 years
- Reliable, energetic, athletic, loyal, independent
- Interaction with people: Excellent family dog; friendly to owners and friends; good with children. May be reserved with strangers.
- Interaction with animals: Usually good with other large pets. Supervised introductions may be necessary
- Training: Can be difficult to train
- Bark: Can be very vocal
- Protection: Good watchdog
- Allergic dermatitis
- Familial renal disease (kidney failure)
- Fanconi's syndrome (kidney disease)
- Hip dysplasia
- Opthalmic disorders (including progessive retinal atrophy and cataracts)
- Sebaceous cysts
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
- Not recommended for apartments
- Needs brisk daily walks or jogs
- Prefers cooler climates
- Likes to roam
- Sheds heavily twice a year
- Brush regularly
- Brought to the U.S. in 1928
- Nicknamed the "dog of the Vikings"
- Used mainly to hunt elk
- Originated in Norway
- Dates back to 5000 B.C.
- Believed to have existed alongside Vikings
- Originally used as a hunter and tracker of moose and bear