All About Norwegian Elkhounds
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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.
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.
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.
- Norwegian Elkhounds have double coats, with a straight, smooth-lying outercoat covering a woolly undercoat.
- They are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed, needing a weekly brushing. They do shed and require more care during shedding season.
- Their broad heads, pricked ears and curled tails are their trademarks.
10 to 12 years
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.
Norwegian Elkhounds have a low tolerance for hot climates and a high tolerance for cold climates.
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.
- Though Norwegian Elkhounds resemble Spitzes, a distant relative, they are a member of the Hound family because of their outstanding hunting ability.
- As their name suggests, Norwegian Elkhounds were bred as elk and moose hunters. They would track down these animals and corner them until their owners could arrive for the kill.
- The breed's roots go back many years. Norwegian Elkhounds were used by the Vikings for hunting centuries ago.