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The Norwegian Elkhound is an ancient breed
tracing back thousands of years ago. In
Western Norway, archaeologists discovered
skeletons in Viste Cave which have been
linked to a type of Norwegian Elkhound.
Viste Cave was inhabited by those of the
The Norwegian Elkhound is a typical Spitz
and was used by Scandinavians as a hunting
dog of big game such as bear, wolves and
moose. These dogs were also used as herders,
guardians and trackers. The Norwegian Elkhound
is squarely built, medium in size and has
amazing stamina. They are known work endless
hours every day without tiring. The breed
is also recognized for its ability to endure
extremely rugged terrain as well as harsh,
sub-arctic temperatures. Norwegian Elkhounds
are fearless, strong and muscular.
Norwegian Elkhounds have long history of
a strong bond with their master. Today they
are just as loyal and devoted and are perfect
for a family willing to give them plenty
of love and attention.
Height at withers for a Norwegian Elkhound
dog is 20½ inches (52.1 cm) and for
bitches 19½ inches (49.5 cm) ~AKC
The weight for a Norwegian Elkhound is about
55 pounds (25 kg) and for bitches about
48 pounds. (21.8 kg) ~AKC Standard
The Norwegian Elkhound has a very thick,
protective coat. Medium in length, coarse
and abundant. The outer coat protects against
harsh elements and the dense, soft, wooly
undercoat keeps the Norwegian Elkhound warm.
Norwegian Elkhounds shed heavily twice a
year. The coat does not have a typical 'doggy
Norwegian Elkhound has a gray, black and
Norwegian Elkhounds are fearless, energetic,
very loyal and intelligent. This breed is
very protective of his family and has a
loud bark making them a good guard dog.
They can be independent and somewhat stubborn
which can be challenging when it comes to
training. Norwegian Elkhounds are sensitive
and respond best to praise and positive
training methods. These dogs are friendly,
but can be reserved with strangers. Norwegian
Elkhounds need plenty of exercise as they
are very energetic - twice a day is ideal.
Norwegian Elkhounds are best suited for
those willing to give plenty of love, attention
and time - all which help these good natured
The Norwegian Elkhound is generally
a healthy breed, although some concerns
include: hip dysplasia, PRA (progressive
retinal atrophy), kidney problems and cysts.
• The Norwegian Elkhound is the National
Dog of Norway.
• The Norwegian Elkhound has an odorless
• The Norwegian Elkhound is known
as 'Dog of the Vikings'.
• Norwegian Elkhounds were first shown
at the Norwegian Hunters’ Association
initial show in 1877.
• The Norwegian name for this breed
is 'Norsk Elghund' which translates to 'Norwegian
AKC: Hound Group
ANKC: Group 4 - Hounds
FCI: Group 5 - Section 2 Nordic Hunting
UKC: Northern Breeds