Norwegian Elkhound

General Facts :

This is a medium-sized squarely built dog with incredible stamina resources, capable of running and hunting all day long. The Norwegian Elkhound has a unique gray color double coat with lighter undersides and undercoat. The dog’s ears, tail and muzzle are black. The hound has strong jaws and very mobile ears. Regarding their eyes, their color is dark brown and have a friendly expression.

The Norwegian Elkhound’s tail is rolled tightly over the back; the body is rather short and the biggest part of its length is in the ribcage. The dog has a deep and wide chest. Regarding his forelegs, these are straight and parallel to each other. It has small and tight paws, with thick pads. These dogs are known to have some health problems: prone to hip dysplasia, PRA, pyotraumatic dermatitis, Fanconi syndrome and others.

Origin :

This is one of the most ancient breeds in the world with a history of thousands of years. As a matter of fact, a skeleton similar to the present Norwegian Elkhound has been found, dating from 4000 – 5000 BC. These dogs were used in Scandinavia for hunting big games ( especially moose ). Well-known for their ability to detect scents from respectable distances ( several kilometers ).

Dimensions :

Height : Between 19 to 21 inches ( approximately 48 to 53 centimeters )
Weight : Between 50 an 60 pounds ( approximately 23 to 27 kilos )

Additional Information :

The Norwegian Elkhound is a dog with many talents: hunting, tracking, agility, sledding, guarding, watchdogging and herding. Although many people affirm that this dog is reserved with strangers, they will greet family & friends with enthusiasm. These dogs are known to be reliable and very good guard dogs. A very loyal and affectionate dog as well as sensitive and engaging. Also a very independent dog ( like all the other Arctic dogs ).

These dogs can be resistant to obedience training. The key is to be firm and affectionate in the same time. Puppies must be treated with gentle discipline. Punishing it unfairly isn’t recommended. These dogs have the tendency to roam so be very attentive if you purchase a dog like this. Another thing you should be aware of is that it can be aggressive with dogs of the same sex (in rare cases). Their life expectancy is around 12-15 years.


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