Norwegian Elkhound

Breed origin: Norway
Original purpose: Hunter of elk, bear and other wild animals.

AKC recognized: 1913
AKC group: Hound

Size: Weight: males around 55 lbs; females around 48 lbs
Size: Height: males around 20½ inches; females around 19½ inches
Color: Various shades of gray, with black muzzle, ears and tail tip.

Life span: 12 to 16 years.

General characteristics/temperament: 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? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Exercise requirement: 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.

Grooming requirement: 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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Recommended books for further reading:

Norwegian Elkhound (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Juliette Cunliffe and Carol Ann Johnson
Published in 2005
158 pages

The Norwegian Elkhound
By Nina Ross
Published in 1995
320 pages

Norwegian Elkhounds
By Anna Katherine Nicholas
Published in 1997
192 pages

New Complete Norwegian Elkhound
By Olva O. Wallo and Karen Elvin
Published in 1987
255 pages

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

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