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Norwegian Elkhound: Origin, Temperament, Training, Exercise
Group: AKC and KCGB Hound
AKC Ranking: 92
Also Known As: Elkhound
About Norwegian Elkhound
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The Norwegian Elkhound is
an Arctic breed that originated in Norway
as early as 5000 B.C. Remnants of Norwegian
Elkhounds dating back centuries have been
found with Viking remains and weapons, a testament
to their importance in the Nordic culture.
The breed was used to hunt moose, elk, bear
and other wild animals.
The Norwegian Elkhound can scent
(smell) game from a distance of several Kilometers.
He tracks the quarry and attracts its attention
by barking. Then he holds the animal at bay until
the hunter arrives to make the kill. Over the centuries,
Elkhounds have also successfully hunted badger,
lynx, mountain lion, bear, wolf, reindeer, elk and
even rabbit. The Elkhound is particularly well-suited
to badger hunting since he works better at night
than in the daytime. He is also highly prized as
a sled dog.
In more recent times, the friendly
and reliable character of the Elkhound has helped
win him a place in many homes as a cherished family
pet. The breed was first exhibited in 1877 when
the Norwegian Hunters Association began holding
As a hunter, the Norwegian Elkhound
has the courage, agility and stamina to hold moose
and other big game at bay by barking and dodging
attack, and the endurance to track for long hours
in all weather over rough and varied terrain.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The Norwegian Elkhound is a hardy,
medium-sized hunting dog, sturdy and squarely built,
with the stamina to hunt all day long for days at
The stand-off double coat has
a distinctive gray color with a lighter undercoat
and undersides. The coat on the legs is very dense.
It protected them in the cold winter months of their
homeland. The head is broad and wedge-shaped with
a strong jaw line. The muzzle, ears and tail tip
are black. The Norwegian Elkhounds’ ears are
pointed, known as “prick” and are very
mobile. The eyes are very dark brown with a keen,
friendly expression. The tail is rolled tightly
and carried over the back. The breeds’ body
is relatively short and appears to be broader than
it actually is, due to its dense coat.
The double coat of the Norwegian
Elkhound comes in a mix of silver, black and gray.
The body of the breed is light
silver at the base, or under coat of the dog, and
grows to a darker grey becoming black at the tip
of the longer guard hairs. The gray body color is
darkest on the saddle, lighter on the chest. The
Norwegian Elkhound has a distinctive harness mark
(a band of longer guard hairs from shoulder to elbow)
adding to its distinctive appearance.
The muzzle, ears and tail tip
are black. The black of the muzzle shades to lighter
gray over the forehead and skull.
The double coat of the Norwegian
Elkhound is indicative of its northern roots and
serves to keep this breed protected and insulated.
The shorter undercoat is dense,
soft and woolly and contains essential oils that
provide insulation against harsh weather.
The longer guard hairs that make
up the second part of the coat whisk away snow and
other matter, keeping it from lodging in the second
coat. These longer guard hairs also give the breed’s
coat its distinctive look and should not be trimmed
Males: 50-60 Lbs.
Females: 40-50 Lbs.
Temperament of the Dog
Norwegian Elkhounds are highly
intelligent and require an early start at obedience
training to keep their minds active and energy well
directed. They can become stubborn if not handled
in a consistent and firm but loving manner by their
Most Norwegian Elkhounds are outgoing
and friendly towards strangers but may appear aloof
initially. They can be frequent barkers, which may
be reassuring security-wise for some owners.
They are good with other canines,
but only one male should be considered since several
males can show aggression. Some are fine with smaller
pets but others are not so it is best to be observant
of mixing the two until you know your dog’s
The Norwegian Elkhound is a rugged
outdoor type, bold and energetic and very adaptable
to its surroundings. The breed displays much dignity
and character and needs to feel very much part of
The Norwegian Elkhound responds
accordingly to love, respect and fair treatment.
Excesses in attention will result in an unruly pet.
Unfair treatment and harsh discipline will result
in negative, destructive behavior.
Its nature can be independent
at times so consistent guidance on the owner’s
part will make this breed a welcome family member.
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
The Norwegian Elkhound can make
a good apartment pet if walked daily and allowed
to exercise freely on occasion. They can be frequent
barkers if not trained early, so keep this in mind
when considering the breed.
Anyone choosing a northern breed
like the Norwegian Elkhound should be considerate
of their origin and respect their need for the outdoors.
Since they were bred to be outside most of the time,
they will appreciate lying in the yard, enjoying
the elements, especially if that includes a snow
mound! If your climate is warm and humid, be aware
that your Norwegian Elkhound will want to spend
a great deal of time in the air conditioning.
Are they suited to homes
The Norwegian Elkhound is a most
lovable pet for children and enjoys their activities
almost as mush as they do. They are protective by
nature and are quite tolerant of children and their
play. They can become excited at times by this and
may try to herd the participants to restore order.
The excitement may set them to barking.
How Active is the Breed?
The Norwegian Elkhound is a very
energetic dog that thrives on strenuous activity.
They need to be taken on a daily, long, brisk walk
or jog. Elkhounds should have at least an hour of
exercise a day. They will enjoy running beside your
bike or having a really good run in the woods, but
remember that these dogs like to roam, so if he
picks up an interesting scent, he may ignore you
when you call him.
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
Puppies of this breed need the
usual catch, fetch and tug-of-war ritual to keep
them exercised and happy. Lead training early is
also good for their active minds and growing bodies.
An hour of exercise a day is not
extreme for this breed as it matures and can be
met by walking and jogging. The Norwegian Elkhound
makes a good agility dog and if your climate allows
it, this can be a great form of exercise year round.
Specific grooming requirements
are needed for this double-coated, seasonally shedding
breed. It should be brushed regularly, with extra
care given while the dog is shedding its dense undercoat.
When the dog is shedding, the dead hair clings to
the new hair. The dead hair should be removed with
a rubber brush or a wooden comb with a double row
of metal teeth. Frequent brushing during times when
the coat is not shedding are important as well,
and a once a month nail clip will keep feet in shape.
Professional care 2 times a year
may be needed to remove the dense undercoat.
Because of this coat, they rarely
have a doggy order and they repel dirt and water.
Over-bathing should be avoided as it removes the
Hip dysplasia and certain skin
conditions can occur in this breed. Care should
be taken to feed your Norwegian Elkhound appropriately
as rapid weight gain can be a health threat as well.
A consistent exercise program for your pet will
help support a good diet and keep his weight in
Breeding the Dog and any
Your breeder should be consulted
on what mate would be a good match for your Norwegian
Life Span: 12-15
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National Breed Clubs
British – Norwegian Elkhound
Association of Great Britain – www.necgb.org.uk
US – Norwegian Elkhound Association of America
Other Recognition: CKC,
FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI,
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