The Norwegian Elkhound is a large, squarish-shaped dog with prick ears and a curly tail. The Norwegian Elkhound belongs to the hound group.
The Norwegian Elkhound comes in 3 colours which include:
The Elkhound is a very old dog breed with skeletal evidence of similar dogs existing during the Stone Age.
The Elkhound was used to hunt small game as well as larger game such as elks.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a large, compact and sturdy dog with a boxy shape. It has a medium length coat, often grey with darker tips, alert and prick ears, and a tail that curls over the back of the body. It has a thick double-coat with a soft undercoat and hard outer coat that offered good protection from the harsh elements in its native Norway. The Elkhound prefers cooler weather conditions and may suffer in hot weather.
Height bitch ideal size 49cms
Height dog ideal size 52cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 20-23kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 23-27kgs
An energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of good vigorous exercise daily off the lead.
The Norwegian Elkhound is a bold, friendly, intelligent dog with an independent streak. It is normally good with other dogs, but may not be compatible with families owning cats. Smaller pets may be at risk with the Elkhound. The Elkhound is a fairly vocal dog around the home, making it a good guard dog.
No. The Elkhound can be difficult to train and lack obedience at times.
Medium. The Elkhound has a soft undercoat and a harsh outer coat. The ends of the fur are darker in colour.
Medium. The thick double-coat requires weekly brushing with a soft slicker brush to keep the coat in tip-top condition. It is a breed of dog that tends to keep clean even after walks in bad weather.
Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infections.
No. The Elkhound sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.
The Elkhound is generally a healthy dog, but owners should talk to their breeder about the following health issues that have been recorded in the breed:
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy Norwegian Elkhound should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-15 years.
No current information is available as this breed is rare in the UK and litters are rarely available. In fact there were only 51 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 7-14 puppies in a litter.
A bitch weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food daily.
A dog weighing 25kgs requires 329gms of complete dry food daily.
The weekly cost of feeding a 20kgs bitch is around £7.00
The weekly cost of feeding a 25kgs dog is around £8.00
Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the hound group.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: