Breed origin: Norway
Original purpose: Hunter of elk, bear and other wild animals.
AKC recognized: 1913
AKC group: Hound
Weight: males around 55 lbs;
females around 48 lbs
Size: Height: males around 20½ inches;
females around 19½ inches
Various shades of gray, with black muzzle, ears and tail tip.
12 to 16 years.
The Norwegian Elkhound is bold, energetic, dignified, strong, hardy, loyal, and independent. They are generally friendly, but also make effective guardians. They have great stamina even in rugged terrains, and they do exceptionally well in cold weather. Their thick double coat keeps them warm and sheds rain, snow, and sleet easily. They love people and form very strong bonds with them, and do not tolerate being shut away from their family. They love going on outdoor adventures with their family.
Good with children?
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At the very minimum, a 20 to 30-minute walk twice daily. Daily walks of up to 3 hours would be more ideal and would help keep them happy and healthy.
The thick double coat sheds profusely twice a year. Brush daily, especially during shedding season. Baths are seldom required because the coat tends to shed dirt easily and is odorless, and Norwegian Elkhounds instinctively keep their coats clean.
Known health problems:
Progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, kidney problems, hypothyroidism, obesity, skin cysts, blindness.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Norwegian Elkhound Association of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Norwegian Elkhound Association of America Rescue