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Norwegian Elkhound

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Perhaps the most gifted and most unheralded all-around athlete of the canine world.  The Norwegian Elkhound is the equivalent of the decathalon athlete, but in a world that appreciates specialization this character gets lost in the shuffle.  His clean lines and crisp coat make his appearance less dramatic than other Spitz breeds like the Keeshond and the Chow Chow, but his working ability is beyond most other breeds.  From his deep historic routes helping early man fend for himself in hunting elk, moose and bear to modern abilities of retrieving and herding, the Elkhound seems to only lack people interested in exploring these potentials while still attracting a strong and devoted group of fanciers.

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General Information
Group(s): HoundsSighthound Height: 19-21 inches
Weight: 40-55 pounds Longevity: low teens
Colors: Gray of various shades with black tips. Any white or spectacles is undesirable. Coat type: Coarse straight outer coat with dense, soft undercoat. Short and smooth over head, ears and legs.
Recognized Registries: FCI, TKC, CKC, ANKC, AKC, NCA, UKC and others
Overall Appearance: Powerful spitz type dog with square outline and compact body. Distinctive coat suitable for harsh weather.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: Friendly, intelligent and bold with some independence.
  with Children: Generally good but requires socialization, proper supervision and well mannered children
  with other pets: variable depending on the pets and socialization
  with dogs: generally good
Socialization requirements: Moderate: Without proper socialization they can be shy or even aggressive. The general nature is excellent.
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the active nature and upbeat attitude of this dog. Also keeping in mind their independent nature is critical.
Temperament Notes: Friendly, intelligent, independent, active and enthusiastic.
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners as well as some ongoing activity
Trainer notes: The Norwegian Elkhound is a bit unlike all other spitz breeds and even hound breeds in that its original nature is to work closely with people.  This makes them well qualified as exceptional training partners.  Fair and fun training techniques are important since the bold and independent nature of this dog becomes apparent with anything akin to unfair handling.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 4,000-5,000 BC based on fossils found.
Country of Origin: Norway
Original Function: Hunting moose, elk and bear.
History: Apparently in Norway before the Vikings, the Norwegian Elkhound was a valued companion for his hunting prowess as well as general skills retrieving and herding.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, eye problems, renal disease
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Norwegian Elkhounds?
  • Why do you have Norwegian Elkhounds (show, performance, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Norwegian Elkhound?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Norwegian Elkhound?
  • How would you describe the ideal Norwegian Elkhound home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Norwegian Elkhound?
  • How do you assist or help Norwegian Elkhounds in need of rescue?


  • Web Sites: - Norwegian Elkhound Rescue - Norwegian Elkhound Club of Potomac Valley Rescue - Norwegian Elkhound Association of America Rescue Information - Moosedog Norwegian Elkhound Rescue

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - Norwegian Elkhound Standard as per the Canadian Kennel Club - Standard as per the Norwegian Elkhound Association of America - Australian Kennel Club Standard of the Norwegian Elkhound - The Kennel Club (UK) Standard for the Norwegian Elkhound

    Breeder Ethics: - Norwegian Elkhound Association of America Code of Ethics - Norwegian Elkhound Club of Great Britain Code of Ethics - Australian Kennel Club Code of Ethics

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