Thinking about purchasing an Norwegian Elkhound? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Norwegian Elkhound breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Norwegian Elkhound owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Norwegian Elkhound and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Norwegian Elkhound Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Norwegian Elkhound and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Norwegian Elkhound Profile
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.
Colors: Gray 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.
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.
Norwegian Elkhound 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.
Norwegian Elkhound 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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