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Norwegian Elkhound

Also referred to as Elkhound or Norsk Elghunds

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Average Height & Weight

An Elkhound is considered a MEDIUM to LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 20.5 inches.

Weight: 55 pounds.

Females – Height: 19.5 inches.

Weight: 48 pounds.

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Norwegian Elkhound


Typical Coloring

Norwegian Elkhounds are commonly black, gray and silver.





Norwegian Elkhounds are friendly and independent. They adore people and love to spend time with their families. They are quite bold and have boundless energy.




Activity Level

Norwegian Elkhounds are a high-energy breed with medium exercise requirements.

They can hunt all day long without getting tired, and they must have a vigorous jog, walk or play session each day in order to burn off their energy. If they do not get enough exercise, they can become destructive.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

10 to 12 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concern for Norwegian Elkhounds is canine hip dysplasia. Pyotraumatic dermatitis and progressive retinal atrophy are less common but still occur within the breed, while Fanconi syndrome is seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Norwegian Elkhounds have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.




Norwegian Elkhound

Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Norwegian Elkhounds make great family pets. They are very friendly with kids, especially when introduced to them at a young age. They are shy toward other dogs and household pets, and they may even become aggressive toward them.





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