The Norwegian elkhound is one of the ancient Northern Spitz-type breeds of Dog and is the National Dog of Norway. The Elkhound has served as a hunter, guardian, herder, and defender. It is known for its courage in tracking and hunting moose (or elk) and other large game, such as bears or wolves. The Norwegian Elkhound was first presented at a Dog exhibition in Norway in 1877. It is one of the oldest Dog breeds, and Elkhounds have been found buried in Viking burial grounds.
Grooming needs: requires brushing out of the coat. Bathing frequently is not necessary. However when you do bath them it is recommended to blow dry them fully.
Coat type: medium length double coat with a woollen undercoat.
Moulting: Having a double coat they shed more than regular dogs but will only drop their coat twice a year once for the top coat and once for the woollen undercoat (normally 6 months apart)
Exercise: Daily physical activity is needed. Elkhounds will be as active or as lazy as you want however they will easily put on weight and it is very hard to get them to loose it again.
Average Life Span: 12-16 years
Family Temperament: Makes great family pet. They are a pack dog however so will not coupe just being in the backyard. They want to be apart of the family. Affectionate and loving dog and are great with children.
Trainability: highly intelligent however head strong so training needs to start from a young age before they develop bad habits. Very food motivated so when training they stay motivated.
Sociability: very outgoing and happy to meet people and other animals but need to watch as they can be overzealous and not realise everyone doesn’t want to be their friend.
Barking: they were bred to bark at their prey and not bite it. So they can tend to bark. But with training they tend to only bark when there’s something to bark at (someone at the door, Kangaroo jumping in the distance etc.)
Talents: very agile dogs and one of the only breeds that can jump backwards (used when moose or deer kick out when hunting)
Special Notes: although it seems they would struggle in the heat, their double coat actually insulates them from the heat and the cold. The only time they need special considerations in the heat is in heat waves 38+ weather. It is dangerous to clip their coats and tend to over heat more with clipping. Also the hair will not grow back the same as it was (thicker and uneven)
Stand Number: B606