Breed of the Week: Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound

Breed of the Week: Norwegian Elkhound

Norwegian Elkhound

Appearance:

The Norwegian Elkhound stands at approximately 20 inches and weighs 45-55 lbs.  A heavy coated square breed, the Elkhound has pricked ears and a tightly curled tail accenting their alert expression.  This breed requires at least moderate grooming; though cutting the hair is not recommended, due to their dense undercoat and heavy shedding.

Temperament:

An active and alert breed, the Elkhound is steady and non-aggressive, though not always interested in strangers.  This breed does not do well in extreme heat and can be difficult to maintain in an urban environment due to their energy and alert disposition.  Generally Elkhounds do well with children and pets, though they do require early socialization and exposure.  They excel at sports such as agility.

Health Concerns:

This breed is prone to potential eye concerns including Progressive Retinal Atrophy along with hip dysplasia and thyroid disease.  They are also a little more likely than other breeds to carry excess weight so their diet must be carefully monitored.

Fun Facts:

  • The Norwegian Elkhound originated in Norway as a hunting breed as early as 5000 BC- potentially one of the older known breeds still existing today
  •  Originally bred to hunt Elk and Bear with the Vikings, this breed is active and fearless.
  • The stamina of the Norwegian Elkhound is often compared to well bred horses as they were designed to endure strenuous repetitive exercise.