Dog Breed Profiles

Norwegian Elkhound

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Dog Breed Group
Hound Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Norway as a hunting dog 
Life Expectancy
10 - 12 Years 
Color
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. 
Exercise Needs
Exercise should be at least one hour per day and can consist of a run or free play. 
Temperament
The Elkhound is alert, friendly, dependable, trustworthy, independent and dominant 
Good with Children
Gets along with children, if children do not pester him. Usually get along well with other dogs. 
Grooming Needs
Minimal grooming is required to keep the coat as his coat is both water and dirt resistant. 
Average Size - Male (in)
20.5 
Average Size - Female (in)
19.5 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
50 - 55 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
45 - 48 
Health Issues
Hot spots and shedding problems. Susceptible to subcutaneous cysts and tumors. Possibility to progressive retinal atrophy, lens v
Living Conditions
House with a fenced yard is essential. 

Breed 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. He is extremely versatile. Is a straightforward, equable, friendly and gentle character. Makes a great family pet and home guardian as he is very loyal and protective. Puppies are born black but turn gray in about a week as their fur develops. 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.

Breed Infobits

The Norwegian Elkhound can scent an elk at several kilometers.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a highly adaptable dog.

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