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Norwegian Elkhound Puppies
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. They have been used for centuries to track a moose, dance around it to challenge it, then keep it at bay by barking until the hunter arrives. They have the squarely-built well muscled look of the Nordic-Spitz breeds, with the furry body, tail curled over the back and prick ears. They have an intelligent expression, and wear a black mask with a black saddle on grey or light tan fur. Norwegian Elkhound puppies are born black but turn gray in about a week as their fur develops. They are extremely versatile, and can do many different jobs. Norwegian Elkhounds are straightforward, equable, friendly and gentle characters. They are bold and independent, but are highly intelligent and productive. They enjoy a job or activity, and are friendly to even strangers. They are, however, intolerant of threats to their family. They will be protective and act as watchdog if they need to. Norwegian Elkhounds make a great family pet and home guardian as they are very loyal, courageous and dependable.
Other Names: Elkhound, Norsk Elghund Grå, Norsk Elghund Sort
Type: Northern Breed
Height: 19 -
21 inches. Males: 20.5 inches; Females: 19.5 inches average.
with black tipped hairs. They usually have a black face with black ears, and
a black saddle. They are born black and turn grey within a week.
Norwegian Elkhounds are alert, friendly, dependable, trustworthy, independent,
and dominant. They are highly intelligent but are also very stubborn. They
are bold, playful, and alert. They can be boisterous when it comes to barking,
and also protective. They are friendly towards even strangers, but are still
attuned to any threats toward their family. Norwegian Elkhounds are loyal,
courageous and a good watchdog.
Watch-dog: Very high.
They are an excellent watchdog with their piercing bark.
Care and Exercise:
Minimal grooming is required to keep the coat of the Norwegian Elkhound as
their coat is both water and dirt resistant. Norwegian Elkhounds should be
exercised at least one hour per day which can consist of a run or free play.
Activity: Indoors - High.
Outdoors - Medium.
Health Issues: Hot spots, shedding problems, and congenital kidney disease. Susceptible to subcutaneous cysts and tumors. Other health issues include PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), lens luxation, glaucoma, renal problems and hypothyroidism.
Life Span: 10 - 12 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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