At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 48 - 55 lbs.

Height: 19" - 21"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Norwegian Elkhound

Also know as: Norsk Elghund, Elkhound, Grahund , Swedish Gray Dog

Group: Hound

Origin: Norway (Ancient Times / 1800s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Guard Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: The Elkhound is the national breed of Norway. It is an ancient breed that used to accompany the Vikings on hunting expeditions. In the 1800s, the current standards were developed for this breed. In addition to the Gray Elkhound, breeders also developed a smaller, black version called the Black Norwegian Elkhound. Both are similar in personality and stature.

Temperament / Behavior
The Norwegian Elkhound is enthusiastic, friendly and gets along well with children. Affectionate and loyal, this breed has a mind of its own. Consistency and patience in training works best. Avoid scolding this breed, because it's sensitive and may "pout" for several days if it feels it was unjustly disciplined. Norwegian Elkhounds have a tendency to roam because; these dogs pick up interesting scents and decide to follow them. Keep on a leash or fenced in when outside -- or your Elkhound will get easily distracted.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Hip dysplasia; pyotraumatic dermatitis (skin irritation caused and made worse by biting, scratching and licking); progressive retinal atrophy; Fanconi Syndrome (kidney malfunction causing extreme thirst and urine production); easy weight gain

Special Needs
Exercise: The Norwegian Elkhound requires strenuous activity daily, such as running.

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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